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agencies with homeland security and WMD related missions are forced to coordinate our

nations WMD defense activities with DoD organizations that only focus on portions of

the threat or only operate on the operational and tactical levels. The armed forces simply

lack the strategic integration required to do the job adequately. This conclusion becomes

difficult to swallow considering that DoD is perhaps the major asset available to the US

in protecting its own homeland and infrastructure.

At the center of the problem is that fact that no unified command is

geographically or functionally responsible for the defense of the US itself. Regional

CINCs exclude US soil and solely have the mission to protect US interests within their

assigned area of responsibility (AOR). And, while many CINCs have WMD defense

among their missions and priorities, not one has it as their principal mission. Figure 3

shows the regional CINC’s current AORs. The continental US is noticeably not assigned

to a CINC.

CINC AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

95oW

BY ITSELF THIS MAP IS UNCLASSIFIED

100oE

Arctic Ocean

Arctic Ocean

USJ FCOM

USPACOM

USPACOM

Atlantic Ocean

28°N, 58oW

USEUCOM

Pacific Ocean

I.

USCENTCOM

8oN

USPACOM

USSOUTHCOM

5oS, 68°E

Pacific Ocean

II.

Indian Ocean

I. USSOUTHCOM assumes from USJFCOM on 1 OCT 00. II. USEUCOM assumes from USJFCOM on 1 OCT 00. III. USEUCOM assumes from USPACOM on 1 OCT 00.

Atlantic Ocean

III.

USPACOM

92oW

30oW

17oE 42oE

Figure 3. Regional CINC AORs

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