(JTF-CS), there are currently no DoD strategic level commands chartered to centrally
integrate NBC defense or address the WMD threat to the US homeland. Instead, each
service contributes organizations at the tactical and operational level with little
centralized strategic direction. There is a clear lack of unity of effort in the face of a
deadly and ever growing challenge--a challenge that is increasingly being accepted as
inevitable. This results in a highly splintered approach to one of the most dangerous
threats facing the US for the foreseeable future.
The question is simple, is DoD adequately organized at the strategic level to
address the evolving WMD threat? This thesis question is intended to focus specifically
on two things: WMD threat challenges, and DoD’s strategic organizational structure to
anticipate and meet those challenges.
The WMD threat challenges can be further divided into traditional WMD threats
to military forces and nontraditional threats to civilians and property not affiliated with
the US government itself. These two threats, though they may be delivered through the
same means, are distinctly different.
Implied in the research question is the expectation to review current DoD
structure and explore the potential WMD challenges. The Defense Department’s
strategic organizational structure to anticipate and meet the WMD challenges refers to the
ability of our national-level defense organization to integrate the nation’s defense
capabilities to deter, defeat, or mitigate the effects of a WMD attack. It is therefore
critical to examine what exists and what does not exist in the current DoD structure.