Integrating Combating WMD Pillars

The following critical enabling functions serve to integrate the three Combating WMD pillars:

Improved Intelligence Collection and Analysis: A more accurate and complete understanding of the full range of WMD threats is, and will remain, among the highest U.S. intelligence priorities. Particular emphasis must be accorded to improving: intelligence regarding WMD-related facilities and activities; interaction among U.S. intelligence, law enforcement, and military agencies; and intelligence cooperation with friends and allies.

Research and Development: The United States has a critical need for cutting-edge technology that can quickly and effectively detect, analyze, facilitate interdiction of, defend against, defeat, and mitigate the consequences of WMD.

Strengthened International Cooperation: WMD represent a threat not just to the United States, but also to our friends and allies and the broader international community. For this reason, it is vital that we work closely with like-minded countries on all elements of our comprehensive proliferation strategy.

Targeted Strategies Against Proliferants: All elements of the overall U.S. strategy to combat WMD must be brought to bear in targeted strategies against supplier and recipient states of WMD proliferation concern, as well as against terrorist groups which seek to acquire WMD. Because each proliferant regime is different, we will pursue country-specific strategies. These strategies must also take into account the growing cooperation among proliferant states. The full range of counterproliferation, nonproliferation, and consequence management measures must be brought to bear against the WMD terrorist threat, just as they are against states of greatest proliferation concern.