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PREPARED STATEMENTS SUBMITTED FOR THE RECORD

NOVEMBER 14, 2002

Testimony of
James S. Gilmore, III

Chairman, Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction

Before the

Hearing of the
Military Procurement Subcommittee

Of the
Committee on Armed Services
U.S. House of Representatives

November 14, 2002

Mister Chairman, Ranking Member, and Members of the Subcommittee, I am

honored to be here today. I come before you as the Chairman of the Advisory Panel to

Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass

Destruction. Thank you for the opportunity to present the views of the Advisory Panel.

The Advisory Panel was established by Section 1405 of the National Defense

Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999, Public Law 105–261 (H.R. 3616, 105"Congress,

2nd Session) (October 17, 1998). That Act directed the Advisory Panel to accomplish

several specific tasks. It said:

The panel shall-

1. assess Federal agency efforts to enhance domestic preparedness for

incidents involving weapons of mass destruction;
2. assess the progress of Federal training programs for local

emergency responses to incidents involving weapons of mass

destruction;
3. assess deficiencies in programs for response to incidents involving

weapons of mass destruction, including a review of unfunded

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communications, equipment, and planning requirements, and the

needs of maritime regions;
4. recommend strategies for ensuring effective coordination with

respect to Federal agency weapons of mass destruction response
efforts, and for ensuring fully effective local response capabilities

for weapons of mass destruction incidents; and
5. assess the appropriate roles of State and local government in

funding effective local response capabilities.

That Act required the Advisory Panel to report its findings, conclusions, and

recommendations for improving Federal, State, and local domestic emergency

preparedness to respond to incidents involving weapons of mass destruction to the

President and the Congress three times during the course of the Advisory Panel's

deliberations-on December 15 in 1999, 2000, and 2001.

The Advisory Panel's tenure was extended for two years in accordance with

Section 1514 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 (S. 1358,

Public Law 107-107, 107th Congress, First Session), which was signed into law by the

President on December 28, 2001. By virtue of that legislation, the panel is now required

to

ubmit two additional reports-one on December 15 of this year, and one on

December 15, 2003.

Leadership of the Subcommittee

Let me again commend this panel, and especially its distinguished Chairman, the

gentleman from Pennsylvania, Mr. Weldon, for your continuing leadership in bringing

these issues involving homeland security and combating terrorism before the U.S.

Congress and the American people. Many will not remember, as we on the Advisory

Panel remember so well, that this subcommittee and its Chair were well into these issues

long before the attacks of last September, including the foresight to establish and then to

extend the tenure of the Advisory Panel for an additional two years.

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