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DoD Initiatives for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction

Published March 30, 2007

Originally written in March 2007, this document was declassified, and made public on January 8, 2008. The executive summary (with some areas blacked out) follows:

"Who Should Read This Report and Why?

Civil service employees and uniformed officers responsible for combating weapons of mass destruction should read this report. This report discusses DoD implementation of its programs for combating weapons of mass destruction.


Results.

Although DoD improved its organization, roles, and responsibilities for combating weapons of mass destruction, improved management oversight would have increased the effectiveness of those limited resources. Specifically, DoD needs to:

- coordinate the work of the 40 offices involved with combating weapons of mass destruction,
- clearly identify the use of more than $917 million budgeted in FY 2004 for 3 I programs,
- consistently report on whether it accomplished the goals for combating weapons of mass destruction programs or explain why not, and
- propose legislation that provides for coordination with each Federal agency involved in combating weapons of mass destruction.

Without improved management, DoD cannot be assured that planned expenditures of at least $9.9 billion for FYs 2006 through 2011 is effectively spent, that U.S. interests are adequately protected, and that DoD can properly respond to an attack. DoD officials must improve planning to protect the United States and combat weapons of mass destruction. Specifically, the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics should designate a single office to oversee organizations responsible for combating weapons of mass destruction and update the appropriate directives.

In addition, the Under Secretary for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics; the Under Secretary for Policy; and the Director, Joint Staff should develop an annual performance plan and annual performance report that consolidates all DoD initiatives for combating weapons of mass destruction. Also, the Director of Administration and Management and the Commander of the U.S. Strategic Command should include combating weapons of mass destruction as part of their self-evaluation in their managers' internal control program. The Commander also needs to complete the concept of operations plan. See the Finding section for the detailed recommendations.

Management Comments and Andit Response.

The offices of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics; the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; and the U.S. Strategic Command commented on the draft report. The Director, Administration and Management did not provide comments. See the Finding section of the report for a discussion of management comments and the Management Comments section for the complete text of the comments.

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The U.S. Strategic Command stated that it will complete the concept of operations plan in the fall of 2006 and will perform a self-evaluation of its efforts for combating weapons of mass destruction.

We revised the report to recognize management actions taken. These actions will improve DoD effOlts to manage funds used to combat weapons of mass destruction, to protect U.S. interests, and to properly respond to an attack when others use weapons of mass destruction.

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