House panel explores US ability to counter weapons of mass destruction


Leaders of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) testified before a congressional panel on Thursday about the United States’ ability to counter weapons of mass destruction and additional emerging threats.

U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY), the chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Energy, Preparedness, Response, and Communications, convened the hearing. DHS restructuring and potential organizational changes like the creation of the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office, were covered.

“The scope of threats our nation faces each day continues to change and evolve,” Donovan said. “We know that terrorist groups hope to employ new weapons, including chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) agents, to attack innocent people and cause destruction. It’s critical that our security agencies are able to protect the homeland, and I’ll be using the insight gathered to develop policies that help DHS further improve preparedness and response measures.”

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Source: Homeland Preparedness News