The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday launched an office dedicated to confronting the threat of terrorist groups acquiring weapons of mass destruction to use against the United States.
The new Office of Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction will streamline current DHS efforts to combat the “rising danger from terrorist groups and rogue nation states who could use chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear agents to harm Americans,” Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement.
“DHS is moving towards a more integrated approach, bringing together intelligence, operations, interagency engagement, and international action,” Neilsen said. “As terrorism evolves, we must stay ahead of the enemy and the establishment of this office is an important part of our efforts to do so.”
The office, led by Acting Assistant Secretary James McDonnell, will pull funding from the Domestic Nuclear Office and the Office of Health Affairs, which will work jointly on initiatives to combat the proliferation of WMDs, a senior DHS official told the Washington Free Beacon.
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