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variety of WMD weapons, potential adversaries, a more adaptable and technologically

sound means to deliver them, and an enhanced willingness to use them. That is the

assumption the reader must follow. This paper will provide periodic credible

reinforcement of these ideas.

Third, this study applies the assumption that the reader is somewhat familiar with

national security and DoD in general. At a minimum one must be familiar with at least

some of the programs executed by the armed services. If a greater degree of preparation

is necessary before continuing, the comprehensive “DoD Annual Report to Congress” is

likely the best source to brush up. It is also easily accessible through a search of the DoD

website. However, with this, it is also assumed that the reader does not have a firm grasp

of all the specific DoD programs intended to address the WMD threat. Many of these

programs will be summarized while attempting to answer the primary and subordinate

research questions.

Fourth, this thesis carries the assumption that adequacy in strategic structure

cannot be determined in this case by quantitative means. Rather, it must be determined

by first summarizing the threat. Then, one must identify and analyze the forces that exist

to counter, defeat, or mitigate the threat. After this analysis, one must determine using a

cumulative assessment whether our current strategic structure is optimal or even efficient

in integrating the US response. In answering the research question, history provides little

evidence and no discernible US or international parallels exist for which a quantitative

judgment can be made. It must therefore be made by cumulatively matching aggressor

threat to US capability and result in an objective verdict.


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