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
BY ITSELF THIS MAP IS UNCLASSIFIED
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.
Figure 3. Regional CINC AORs