follow a similar format as the DoD organizations above. It will briefly highlight the
organizations missions, capabilities, and then discuss how they interoperate with one
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the Lead Federal Agency (LFA) for
WMD crisis management.34 In this capacity it will act as the on-scene commander for
WMD incidents. Because crisis management and consequence management often
overlap considerably, the FBI is requires a high degree of coordination with DoD and
other responding agencies. This is especially so during the early stages of a WMD event.
The FBI charges the Special Agent in Charge of its local field division as its WMD
incident commander. It also employs elements of its Critical Incident Response Group
(CIRG) out of Quantico, Virginia to provide operational assistance. Besides its post
event assistance mission, the CIRG also provides WMD related crisis management
training to various FBI organizations as well as to DoD, other federal agencies, and state
and local organizations.35 The CIRG’s Crisis Management Unit (CMU) deploys within
four hours of notification and lists as its goals:
Resolve incident without further injury, loss of life or damage.
Ensure safety of all participants.
Apprehend the subjects.
Accomplish within the framework of applicable legal and ethical standards.
The CMU is a critical element at the event scene because they are the federal
officials who define the command post structure, how the crisis management system
operates, and how taskings are issued.