National Strategy for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction
The President issued the National Strategy for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction in December 2002. Weapons of mass destruction (WMD) - "nuclear, biological, and chemical" - in the possession of hostile states and terrorists present one of the greatest security challenges facing the United States. An effective strategy for countering WMD is an integral component of the National Security Strategy.
The National Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction has three principal pillars:
- Counterproliferation to Combat WMD Use
- Strengthened Nonproliferation to Combat WMD Proliferation
- Consequence Management to Respond to WMD Use