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MILITARY PROCUREMENT SUBCOWITTEE

CURT WELDON, Perssylvania, Chairman JAMES V. HUSEN, Utah

GENE TAYLOR VEssissippi TERRY EVERETT. Alabaza

IKE SKELION VEsson HOW LRD BUCK MOKEON, California JOHN V SPRAIT. JE, South Carina JC WATTS JR Owabona

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ROD R BLACOVEVICE, DRUS LNDSET GRAHAM, South Carolina Vice TOM ALEN Mase

ILENZR Texas JDM RYN Kansas

ADM SMITH. Washingan JW GIBBONS. Nerada

JAMES E MONEY. Connecticut FEATHER WILSON New Mexico

MOMENTIRE North Caruna ROB SDDONS. Connecticut

CINTHA A MONEY. Gearga MARK STEVEN KIRK Enos

ELLEN O TASCHER Carrara JO AY DAVIS Virginia

ROBERT BRADT. Pennsylv3013
EDWARD L SCHROCK, Virginia

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Roger SMCTE. Professional Sa Wamier
BULL Narrer. Professiondi Saar Wonder
JESSE TOLLESON, Research ASSIDELE

DANEL HILTON. Stor LISSUILLE

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES,
MILITARY PROCUREMENT SUBCOMMITTEE,

Washington, DC, Thursday, November 14, 2002. The_subcommittee met, pursuant to call, at 9:12 a.m., in room 2118 Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. Curt Weldon (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding. OPENING STATEMENT OF HON. CURT WELDON, A REPRESENT

ATIVE FROM PENNSYLVANIA, CHAIRMAN, MILITARY PRO-
CUREMENT SUBCOMMITTEE
Mr. WELDON. This subcommittee will come to order.

This morning, the Military Procurement Subcommittee meets to receive testimony from Governor James S. Gilmore on the soon-tobe-released fourth annual report to the President and Congress from the Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction, more commonly known as the Gilmore Commission.

Good morning, Governor. We thank you for taking your valuable time to be with us. I apologize, but we have a number of conflicts at this very moment. Both the Democratic Caucus, which started at 9:00, and the Republican Caucus, which starts at 10:00, are causing a number of our Members not to be here, especially on the Democrat side. They are having very critical elections, and we understand why Members have to be there for those elections.

You have hung in there with us for four years, working this important issue, and we greatly appreciate your service to Nation. And I would like to remind our colleagues that it was this committee that actually created the Commission back when it wasn't the most politically correct to be talking about. So while we hear a lot of praise for Hart-Rudman and some of the other commissions, it was this committee and this particular Commission that long before September 11, was out there, assessing what needed to be done to better prepare us to deal with the kinds of attacks that we saw on September 11.

In your first report to Congress in 1999, you cite the need for a truly integrated national strategy to guide national domestic preparedness. At that time, you called for fundamental changes of the Federal Government to support State and local authorities, and you suggested a federal clearinghouse for preparedness information. You also cited a need for the intelligence community to better use information technology to obtain and share data on potential terrorist threats.

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