Another valuable source during research on the primary and subordinate questions
was the national press. The press produces an incredible volume of stories and articles on
the WMD threat. Sorting through these articles for credibility and applicability was often
difficult and time consuming. However, a subscription to the Chemical and Biological
Terrorism newsletter was extremely useful in refining what was useful and lending the
needed credibility to the sources.
Additionally, some fictional accounts of WMD events such as the novel “The
Cobra Event” were helpful in determining potential vulnerabilities and the limitations of
our current readiness. Many of these novels are widely read and referred to by national
security officials and arguably have had their hand in the development of policy.
Lastly, research of the relevant strategic and operational level commands that
directly address the threat as a core mission was primarily internet based. This was
primarily due to the need for recent information. Many of the publications found in the
Army’s Combined Arms Research Library (CARL) at Fort Leavenworth Kansas, while
useful in discovering what has happened regarding our strategic organizational structure,
were not particularly useful in determining what these DoD organizations are currently
structured to do. Neither were they generally useful on highlighting what may be needed
in the future to address the evolving WMD threat.