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CHAPTER 4

RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

In order to answer the primary and secondary research questions the following

research methodology was used. As stated previously, these questions can only be

answered by a cumulative assessment of the threat balanced against the facts and

thoughts of credible sources. They cannot be answered by a quantitative analysis.

Therefore, this research primarily focused on publications from official government

agencies and renowned non-governmental organizations not surveys or matrixes.

A large portion of the research specifically focused on Presidential,

Congressional, DoD, and Army level documents that address NBC defense. Many also

address strategic policy and procedures combating other threats. In these cases, the

research narrowed to the portions that specifically mention the NBC threat and WMD

events within the United States. Research showed that many of these documents are

proactively developed as part of each organization’s mission. These documents range

from comprehensive strategy publications to more specific doctrine manuals and

regulations. An example of a publication that was proactively developed and also helpful

in the research is the January 2001 released “Proliferation, Threat and Response

published by DoD. This proactive work hints that our national security leadership is

willing to move against the WMD threat without having to be prodded into action.

In addition to the proactively written documents, there were many pertinent open-

source publications from government offices that were reactive in nature. Most of the

useful documents found were published as a result of either congressional investigations

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