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Pentagon Poised to Revamp Counter-WMD Strategy
The U.S. Defense Department may be "weeks" from updating an 8-year-old strategy for countering weapons of mass destruction, a senior official says.
The new armed forces plan for fighting unconventional threats is in its "final stages of the approval and signature process," Rebecca Hersman, the deputy assistant secretary of Defense for countering weapons of mass destruction, said on Tuesday.
"We would expect in a matter of weeks to a month or two for signature," she added in an answer to a question from Representative James Langevin (D-R.I.), the subcommittee's ranking member.
Andrew Weber -- the Pentagon's assistant secretary for nuclear, chemical, and biological defense programs -- added that the new strategy would include changes to address "the global nature of these threats."
The revised plan would account for "the increasing ability and proliferation of dual-use technologies around the world and an increased emphasis on prevention," Weber said.
May 23, 2014
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