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Chairman, Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction
Hearing of the
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;
emergency responses to incidents involving weapons of mass
weapons of mass destruction, including a review of unfunded
communications, equipment, and planning requirements, and the
needs of maritime regions;
respect to Federal agency weapons of mass destruction response
for weapons of mass destruction incidents; and
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
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.