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Each subordinate arm of this new CINC could conceptually be organized with specific

functions. Listed below are some of the more critical strategic functions that such an

organizational structure could address.

WMD Defense

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    Consequence management

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    Counter-terrorism

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    Medical defense

Missile Defense

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    Ballistic missile defense

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    Low level missile defense

Critical Physical Infrastructure Defense

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    Man-made Defense

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    Asteroid/Comet Impact Defense

Critical Information Structure Defense

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    Computer Network Defense

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    Computer Network Attack

Another potential solution specifically focused only on WMD, although a great

deal smaller in size and scope than the option above, may be to bolster the JTF-CS. It

may suffice for DoD to broaden JTF-CS’s missions and responsibilities to include all

civil defense related functions. Obviously, this would entail a significant increase in its

personnel strength and command structure.

However, before any of this could occur, a strong argument can be made for the

sensible development of a comprehensive national strategy on homeland security and

WMD defense. The current ad hoc contributions by most federal agencies, including the

DoD, simply lead to an inefficient response to the threat. As the Government Accounting

Office (GAO) recently put it after reviewing all the federal government’s WMD response

teams, “federal agencies lack a coherent framework to develop and evaluate budget

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