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Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office

The mission of the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office is to counter attempts by terrorists or other threat actors to carry out an attack against the United States or its interests using a weapon of mass destruction.

The Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office is a support component within the Department of Homeland Security.  Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen established the CWMD Office in December 2017 by consolidating primarily the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office and a majority of the Office of Health Affairs, as well as other DHS elements.

Mission

Counter attempts by terrorists or other threat actors to carry out an attack against the United States or its interests using a weapon of mass destruction.

Strategic Goals

  • Enhance the nation’s abilities to prevent terrorists and other threat actors from using weapons of mass destruction.
  • Support operational partners in closing capability gaps along adversary pathways.
  • Invest in and develop innovative technologies to meet partner requirements and improve operations.

Organization and Leadership

Mr. James F. McDonnell is the Acting Assistant Secretary, CWMD Office. The Department of Homeland Security is currently working closely with Congress to determine the ultimate organization and authorities.

Additional Information

  • Preventing Terrorism: Weapons of Mass Destruction
Last Published Date: December 7, 2017

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