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JTC-CS is capable of planning for and rapidly deploying a headquarters structure

which provides DoD command and control of all military assets supporting the Lead

Federal Agency (LFA) in the event of a WMD incident. JTC-CS would take operational

control (OPCON) of all DoD forces except for a joint special operations task force and

Army Corps of Engineers after the WMD event.17 The JTF-CS, partly because of the

nature of its standing organizational structure, is becoming highly integrated with both

WMD related military forces and non-DoD agencies charged with addressing the

domestic WMD threat.

DTRA

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is a relatively new Defense

Agency. It was created by Secretary Cohen on 1 October 1998 with the intent of

bringing together DoD resources and technical expertise into a joint command. DTRA’s

formal mission is to “safeguard the United States and its friends from weapons of mass

destruction (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high explosives) by reducing

the present threat and preparing for the future threat.”18 To execute this mission DTRA

performs four distinct functions: combat support, technology development, threat control,

and threat reduction. Its activities range from providing the US inspectors for nuclear,

biological, and chemical related treaties to providing technical expertise on the

transferring of technology in the international community. Organizationally it is

structured as shown in figure 2.

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