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Pentagon IG Wants More Oversight of Guard WMD Response Teams
The U.S. Defense Department's inspector general in a report issued last month said it believes there should be tighter management of the National Guard's Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams (see GSN, May 18).
"We determined that the four Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams (WMD CSTs) reviewed had plans in place to respond to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or high-yield explosives and natural or man-made disasters," states a letter attached to the IG report.
The letter by Pentagon Assistant Inspector General Alice Carey notes the National Guard Bureau, however, lacked "situational awareness" of the units' readiness to rapidly meet their mandate of supporting civilian authorities in the aftermath of a WMD strike or natural catastrophe.
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