The Pentagon has updated its countermeasures for weapons of mass destruction to focus efforts on preventing high-yield explosive activities at an early stage, the American Forces Press Service reported Monday.
Cheryl Pellerin writes the department seeks to align its anti-WMD plans with the White House’s national strategy for stopping WMD proliferation.
“This strategy emphasizes early action through pathway defeat, shaping the environment to dissuade actors from pursuing WMD, and cooperating with partners to achieve countering WMD goals,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said, according to AFPS.
“It reflects what we are doing and activities that we have underway, the ways we’ve been responding to events in the world over the last five years and the way we’ve been learning from those events,” he added, according to the publication.
AFPS reports that the agency’s objectives are to make it harder for people to acquire WMDs and to monitor places where state or nonstate actors can operate WMDs.
The Pentagon has worked with other federal agencies as well as regional partners to address global biological threats through the Cooperative Threat Reduction initiative, according to Pellerin’s article.
“That program focuses on reducing risks [and] improving capacity so partners can prevent the movement of WMD capabilities and a whole other range of tasks that allow us to get at this problem,” Hagel added.