Combating terrorism : observations on growth in federal programs
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Combating terrorism : observations on growth in federal programs

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      818285
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      NTL-AVIATION-Aviation Safety/Airworthiness;NTL-INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS-INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS;NTL-SAFETY AND SECURITY-Transit Safety and Security;
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      This is the statement of Mark E. Gebicke, Director, National Security Preparedness Issues, National Security and International Affairs Division before the Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Emergency Management, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House of Representatives on federal efforts to combat terrorism. The testimony focuses on three issues: (1) the foreign- and domestic-origin terrorism threats and some issues surrounding the emerging threat of attacks involving chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) weapons or devices; (2) observations on the growth in federal programs to provide training and equipment to local "first responders" - police, fire, and emergency medical services - and the expansion of federal response elements and teams to deal with a possible CBRN terrorist attack; (3) some steps the executive branch has taken to better manage federal efforts to combat terrorism and some opportunities for additional focus and direction. In summary, U.S. intelligence agencies continuously assess both the foreign and domestic terrorist threat to the United States and note that conventional explosives and firearms continue to be the weapons of choice for terrorists. The possibility that they may use chemical and biological materials may increase over the next decade, though. Since 1996, the number of federal programs and initiatives to combat terrorism have grown significantly. Funding has also increased, from about $6.5 billion in fiscal year 1998 to about $10 billion requested for fiscal year 2000. The executive branch has taken some important steps toward improving the way it manages and coordinates the growing, complex array of agencies, offices, programs, activities, and capabilities. However, there are also opportunities to improve the focus and direction of federal programs and activities to combat terrorism.
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