New office launched to combat weapons of mass destruction that could be used on U.S. soil
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has established a new office dedicated towards combating weapons of mass destruction that could be used on U.S. soil.
The Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD) will lead DHS when it comes to WMD threats. In a statement release from DHS, the department says intelligence shows terrorist groups are "actively pursuing WMD capabilities" and non-state actors are closer to getting their hands on such chemical, bilogical, radiological, and nuclear agents.
DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen states “The United States faces rising danger from terrorist groups and rogue nation states who could use chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear agents to harm Americans. That’s why DHS is moving towards a more integrated approach, bringing together intelligence, operations, interagency engagement, and international action. As terrorism evolves, we must stay ahead of the enemy and the establishment of this office is an important part of our efforts to do so.”
The CWMD will be led by Trump appointee James McDonnell, a former Navy officer who is considered an expert in WMD-related terrorism.