Local emergency responders such as firefighters and haz. materials, law enforce., and emerg. med. personnel will be the first to respond to terrorist incidents. Concerned that terrorists might use weapons of mass destruction -- chem., biological, radiological, or nuc. devices -- and that local first responders would not be prepared to effectively deal with incidents involving such weapons. This report determines: the principal fed. org. that provide weapons of mass destruction training to first responder; whether the training is well coordinated among fed. org.; and actions being taken to improve the federal governments role in weapons of mass destruction training.
In Dec. 1993, DoD announced the Defense Counterprolif. Initiative (DCI) in response to the growing threat posed by the proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) weapons. The DCI calls for the develop. of offensive and defensive capabilities to prevail over an adversary that threatens or uses such weapons. This report describes DoD's actions to make the NBC threat a matter of routine consideration within its org., activities, and functions. Examines the actions of the Interagency Counterprolif. Prog. Rev. Comm. to coordinate the R&D prog. of DoD, DoE, and the intelligence community to identify and eliminate unnecessary duplication. Charts and tables.