Combating Terrorism: Need to Eliminate Duplicate Federal Weapons of Mass Destruction Training: NSIAD-00-64

March 2000
GAO Reports;3/21/2000, p1
Government Document
The bombings of the World Trade Center in New York in 1993 and the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995, along with the release of a nerve agent in the Tokyo subway in 1995, have heightened concerns about terrorism in the United States. Local emergency responders, such as firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical personnel, will be the first to respond to a terrorist incident. The Departments of Defense and Justice and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are the principal federal organizations that provide weapons of mass destruction training to these first responders. Federal training programs on weapons of mass destruction are poorly coordinated, resulting in inefficiencies in the federal effort and concerns in the first responder communities. Efforts are under way to improve the federal government's role in weapons of mass destruction training, but actions are needed to eliminate duplicative training and improve the efficiency of programs offered by the Departments of Defense and Justice.


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