The letter submitted with this report, by the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism's Chairman, Senator Bob Graham, and the Vice Chairman, Senator Jim Talent states,
"In December 2008 in accordance with the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (P.L. 110-53), the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism submitted its report, World at Risk.
That report assessed the nation’s activities, initiatives, and programs to prevent weapons of mass destruction proliferation and terrorism and provided concrete recommendations to address these threats.
The Commission found several areas where the risks to the United States are increasing: the crossroads of terrorism and proliferation in the poorly governed regions of Pakistan, the proliferation of biological and nuclear materials, and technology, and the potential erosion of international nuclear security, treaties, and norms as we enter a nuclear energy renaissance.
In 2009, the Commission was authorized for an additional year of work, to assist Congress and the Administration to improve understanding of its findings and turn its concrete recommendations into actions.
In accordance with that authorization, the Chair and Vice Chair of the Commission, based upon close consultation with Commissioners, hereby submit a report card assessing the U.S. Government’s progress in protecting the United States from weapons of mass destruction proliferation and terrorism.
This report card provides an assessment of the progress that the U.S. government has made in implementing the recommendations of the Commission. It is our hope that by identifying areas of progress, as well as those in need of further attention, appropriate action will be taken to mitigate the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction to the United States."