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N ATIONAL S TRATEGY TO C OMBAT W EAPONS OF M ASS D ESTRUCTION D ECEMBER 2002
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N ATIONAL S TRATEGY TO C OMBAT W EAPONS OF M ASS D ESTRUCTION D ECEMBER 2002
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INTRODUCTION Weapons of mass destruction (WMD)— nuclear, biological, and chemical—in the posses- sion of hostile states and terrorists represent one of the greatest security challenges facing the United States. We must pursue a comprehensive strategy to counter this threat in all of its dimen- sions. An effective strategy for countering WMD, including their use and further proliferation, is an integral component of the National Security Strategy of the United States of America. As with the war on terrorism, our strategy for homeland security, and our new concept of deterrence, the U.S. approach to combat WMD represents a fundamental change from the past. To succeed, we must take full advantage of today’s opportuni- ties, including the application of new technologies, increased emphasis on intelligence collection and analysis, the strengthening of alliance relationships, and the establishment of new partnerships with former adversaries. Weapons of mass destruction could enable adversaries to inflict massive harm on the United States, our military forces at home and abroad, and our friends and allies. Some states, including several that have supported and continue to support terrorism, already possess WMD and are seeking even greater capabilities, as tools of coer- cion and intimidation. For them, these are not weapons of last resort, but militarily useful weapons of choice intended to overcome our nation’s advantages in conventional forces and to deter us from responding to aggression against our friends and allies in regions of vital interest. In addition, terrorist groups are seeking to acquire WMD with the stated purpose of killing large numbers of our people and those of friends and allies—without compunction and without warning. We will not permit the world’s most dangerous regimes and terrorists to threaten us with the world’s most destructive weapons. We must accord the highest priority to the protection of the United States, our forces, and our friends and allies from the existing and growing WMD threat. N ATIONAL S TRATEGY TO C OMBAT W EAPONS OF M ASS D ESTRUCTION 1 National Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction “The gravest danger our Nation faces lies at the crossroads of radicalism and technology. Our enemies have openly declared that they are seeking weapons of mass destruction, and evidence indicates that they are doing so with determination. The United States will not allow these efforts to succeed. . ..History will judge harshly those who saw this coming danger but failed to act. In the new world we have entered, the only path to peace and security is the path of action.” President Bush The National Security Strategy of the United States of America September 17, 2002
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N ATIONAL S TRATEGY TO C OMBAT W EAPONS OF M ASS D ESTRUCTION 2 PILLARS OF OUR NATIONAL STRATEGY Our National Strategy to Combat Weapons of
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