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ADVANCE RECOMMENDATIONS ON STRATEGY AND STRUCTURE
FOR THE FOURTH ANNUAL REPORT TO
IV. IMPLEMENTING THE NATIONAL
15 NOVEMBER 2002
The Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction was established by Section 1405 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999, Public Law 105–261 (105th Congress, 2nd Session) (October 17, 1998), as amended by Section 1514 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2002, Public Law 107-107 (107th Congress, 1st Session) (December 28, 2001). That Act directed that a federally funded research and development center provide research, analytical, and other support to the Advisory Panel during the course of its activities and deliberations. RAND has been providing that support, under contract from the Department of Defense, since the Advisory Panel's inception.
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THE ADVISORY PANEL TO ASSESS DOMESTIC RESPONSE CAPABILITIES FOR
TERRORISM INVOLVING WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION
November 15, 2002
James S. Gimore, III
L Paul Bremer
To Our Readers:
Ellen M. Gordon
We are now past the first anniversary of the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001,
John O. Marsh, JT.
Kathleen O Brien
Federal, State and local agencies, as well as key segments of the private sector, have improved planning and enhanced response capabilities for terrorist attacks. Yet, much remains to be done. Congress has, for example, not completed action on legislation to create a new Department of Homeland Security. It will apparently take up that issue as a matter of priority during the “lame duck" session that began this week.
M. Patricia Quinlisk
Joseph Samuels, Jr.
Alan D. Vickery
With that in mind, I am pleased to provide, on behalf of the Advisory Panel, certain advance recommendations that will be contained in the Fourth Annual Report of the Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction, entitled IV. Implementing the National Strategy. We are releasing these recommendations in advance in the hope that they will assist in informing the current Congressional and public debate.
The Fourth Annual Report will include more detailed information on the Panel's findings as well as background information and explanations that inform the recommendations in this document. It will also contain major policy recommendations in each of the following areas:
In addition, that report will contain an update of the comprehensive threat assessment contained
That Fourth Annual Report will be delivered to the President and the Congress by 15 December 2002.
In its enabling legislation, the Congress required the Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction to submit five separate reports to the President and the Congress-on December 15 in each of the years 1999 through 2003.
At its regular quarterly meeting held on September 12 and 13, and at a special meeting held on September 30, 2002, the Advisory Panel adopted certain recommendations for its Fourth Annual Report to the President and the Congress. The recommendations set forth in this document are the principal recommendations that will be included in that report in a chapter entitled “Strategy and Structure.” A “lame duck” session of the current session of Congress will apparently resume consideration of Senate and House bills to create a new Department of Homeland Security. The panel decided to publish this interim document to assist in informing the current Congressional and public debate, specifically on those issues that are reflected in this document.
Full copies of the Advisory Panel's Annual Reports, as well as copies of minutes of all Advisory Panel meetings, its enabling legislation, its current membership, and related information are available online at http://www.rand.org/nsrd/terrpanel, or in hard copy by written request to: