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changed from their cold war days. It is intended to briefly highlight their missions,

capabilities, and how they interoperate. This review will help determine whether the

changes in organizational structure have contributed to a strategic integration of purpose.

ASD-CS

Secretary Cohen established the office of the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense

for Civil Support (ASD-CS) in October 1999.7 This office can be seen as the logical

complement to the establishment of the Joint Task Force for Civil Support (JTF-CS). It

provides the day-to-day civilian oversight to the JTF-CS as it carries out its missions

involving military support to civil authorities after WMD incidents in the US.8 The

ASD-CS also chairs DoD’s WMD Preparedness Group where it “plays a primary role in

coordinating DoD’s consequence management efforts throughout the interagency

process.”9 The office of the ASD-CS, located in the Pentagon, has the formal mission of

providing policy oversight for all domestic Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear,

and High Yield Explosives--Consequence Management (CBRNE-CM). The ASD-CS

reports directly to the Secretary of Defense and whose responsibilities include, “policy

promulgation, preparedness for the CBRNE-CM domestic support missions, policy

oversight of operations and coordination of Lead Federal Agency (LFA) requests for

CBRNE-CM support.”10 Its capabilities beyond policy formulation and oversight of

strictly WMD related consequence management are virtually nonexistent. However, it

plays the principal role for DoD in terms of integration of internal DoD organizations for

CBRNE-CM as well as serving as the DoD representative for interagency coordination of

consequence management functions.

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