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centrally funded through the oversight of this office. Capabilities of the office beyond

materiel development and acquisition policy formulation and the ensuing oversight are

therefore, like ASD-CS, essentially non-existent. And because it is inherently an OSD

civilian oversight arm it has no operational capability. This office does however, due to

its oversight of the CBDP budget, play a key role regarding interoperability of the

services in terms of their ability to function in a WMD environment. This strategic level

integration of research and development resources ultimately results in all forces within

DoD utilizing effectively the same equipment. Prior to the establishment of centralized

chemical and biological defense equipment RDA, each of the services developed their

own WMD related equipment. These systems often were not compatible with each other

and did not capitalize on the efficiencies provided by singular development and bulk

procurement.

JTF-CS

The 1999 Unified Command Plan (UCP) designated the newly activated Joint

Forces Command (JFCOM) as DoD executive agent for joint experimentation. JFCOM

thereby supplements the efforts of each of the individual services and defense agencies

by developing operational concepts, doctrines, and technologies more appropriate to the

new security environment. It is hoped that JFCOM will also improve the ability of DoD

to counter the asymmetric threats currently being developed by America’s potential

adversaries.14 In addition to developing strategies to counter the WMD threats, JFCOM

also became the logical place to house the principal military organization that attempts to

assist civil authorities in mitigating the effects of a WMD incident.

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