Combating Terrorism: Federal Agencies' Efforts to Implement National Policy and Strategy
DIANE Publishing, 1997 - 112 pages
The threat of terrorist attacks against U.S. citizens and property both at home and abroad has been an issue of growing national concern. This report provides information on national policy and strategy to combat terrorism and federal agencies' roles and responsibilities in implementing them. Specifically, the report discusses agencies' programs and activities to: (1) prevent and deter terrorism; (2) respond to terrorist threats or incidents; and (3) manage the consequences of a terrorist act, especially involving weapons of mass destruction. The report also provides information on interagency coordination mechanisms intended to facilitate information sharing and enhance operational links. Charts and tables.
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Page 28 - Certain national infrastructures are so vital that their incapacity or destruction would have a debilitating impact on the defense or economic security of the United States.
Page 32 - In general, primary responsibilities for event security rest with the local authorities in domestic events and host governments in events abroad. For domestic events, the FBI plays a major role in crisis management planning, preparation, and implementation, in coordination with state and local authorities and other federal agencies. For example, DOD, DOE, FEMA, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent personnel and advisors to prepare for and...
Page 72 - General. Terrorism is both a threat to our national security as well as a criminal act. The Administration has stated that it is the policy of the United States to use all appropriate means to deter, defeat and respond to all terrorist attacks on our territory and resources, both people and facilities, wherever they occur. In support of these efforts, the United States will: • Employ efforts to deter, preempt, apprehend and prosecute terrorists.
Page 76 - USC 2656f), as providing significant support for international terrorism; or (3) any other country that, as determined by the President — (A) grants sanctuary from prosecution to any individual or group that has committed an act of international terrorism; or (B) otherwise supports international terrorism.
Page 84 - Comments from the Department of Justice Note: GAO comments supplementing those in the report text appear at the end of this appendix.
Page 41 - Crisis management is predominantly a law enforcement function and includes measures to identify, acquire, and plan the use of resources needed to anticipate, prevent, and/or resolve a threat or act of terrorism.
Page 21 - Team (DEST) for domestic incidents. DEST membership will be limited to those agencies required to respond to the specific incident. Both teams will include elements for specific types of incidents such as nuclear, biological or chemical threats. The Director, FEMA, will ensure that the Federal Response Plan is adequate for consequence management activities in response to terrorist attacks against large US populations, including those where weapons of mass destruction are involved. FEMA will also...
Page 72 - Make no concessions to terrorists. 2. Measures to Combat Terrorism. To ensure that the United States is prepared to combat terrorism in all its forms, a number of measures have been directed. These include reducing vulnerabilities to terrorism, deterring and responding to terrorist acts, and having capabilities to prevent and manage the consequences of terrorist use of nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) weapons, including those of mass destruction. a. Reduce Vulnerabilities. In order to reduce...
Page 18 - terrorism" means premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by sub-national groups or clandestine agents, usually intended to influence an audience.