The DoD has significant capabilities and expertise already in place at the
operational and tactical levels to address WMD threats.
As shown in the chapter three capabilities review, DoD maintains considerable
capabilities at both the tactical and operational level. At the tactical level, DoD can bring
to bear WMD-CSTs, the TEU, the CBRRT, the CBIRF, a number of analytical labs, and
any one of a variety of NBC defense units specializing in areas such as biological
detection, NBC reconnaissance, and decontamination. At the operational level DoD can
employ organizations such as the JTF-CS, the DTRA, or the Army’s SBCCOM to
address the WMD threat. Each of these organizations can provide a great deal of WMD
related knowledge, technical expertise, and command and control assets.
There is no standing organization at the strategic level charged with
comprehensively integrating all of DoD’s WMD related assets in a common direction.
As the chapter three capability review indicated, there are several DoD
organizations responsible for WMD on the strategic level. The ASD-CS, while operating
on the strategic level, is basically a civilian oversight, policy making office. It is not