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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.  On December 21, 2018, President Trump signed the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Act to fully establish and authorize CWMD.

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  Assistant Secretary of the CWMD Office. He was appointed by President Trump in May 2018.

Additional Information

  • Preventing Terrorism: Weapons of Mass Destruction
Last Published Date: December 21, 2018

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