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By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Naval Studies Board, Committee for an Assessment of Naval Forces' Defense Capabilities Against Chemical and Biological Warfare Threats

U.S. naval forces needs to be ready to reply to a extensive array of threats. of accelerating significance are these from chemical and organic battle (CW and BW). to assist evaluation its present kingdom of preparedness, the manager of Naval Operations requested the nationwide study Council (NRC) to evaluate the U.S. Navy’s safety functions opposed to CW and BW threats. specifically to what quantity are they being built to allow naval forces to experience and research quick the presence of chemical and organic brokers, stand up to or stay away from publicity to such brokers, care for infection below a vast spectrum of operational stipulations, and over what interval will those functions be learned. This file offers the result of that review. It offers an outline of the aptitude threats, and an assessment of the Navy’s operations, non-medical courses, and clinical countermeasures designed to confront these threats. The file additionally offers a chain of basic and particular findings and proposals in keeping with those checks.

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The committee recommends that the Secretary of the Navy champion those issues within which large gaps in capabilities expose sailors and Marines to unnecessary risk. CONCLUSION—LEADERSHIP TO SUSTAIN THE COMMITMENT A strategy to implement the committee’s recommendations can pay dividends over the short term, mid-term, and long term. S. Food and Drug Administration. 2002. “FDA Amends Its Regulations to Provide for Ap- proval of Certain New Pharmaceutical Products Based on Animal Efficacy Data,” FDA News, P0217, Department of Health and Human Services, May 30.

9 In addition, the United States committed a significant level of effort to fashioning an ability to fight and survive against Warsaw Pact use of chemical weapons in spite of most other NATO members’ recalcitrance about doing the same. Any remaining doubts about how potential enemies might view the utility of such weapons ought to be set to rest by the revelations over the past decade of the biological weapons activities of Iraq, South Africa, and the Soviet Union/Russia—all of which exceeded assessments in both scale and sophistication.

Capabilities-based Planning The three points discussed above for framing the solution, coupled with the inherent limitations on intelligence related to CW and BW threats, are consistent with a central theme of the 2001 QDR—a shift of emphasis to capabilities-based planning. This shift . . S. interests. A capabilities-based model broadens the strategic perspective. S. military forces will need to deter and defeat adversaries who will rely on surprise, deception, and asymmetric warfare to achieve their objectives.

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