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(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.

Thesis Question

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.


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