The Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office was established in December 2017 by consolidating primarily the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, a majority of the Office of Health Affairs, as well as other DHS elements.
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The 2010 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Quadrennial Homeland Security Review states that “ultimately Homeland Security is about effectively managing risks to the Nation’s security.” Although much is being done to prevent naturally-occurring, accidental, or deliberate biological events, such as emerging infectious disease or bioterrorism, such events could and do still occur. Therefore, activities that mitigate these risks largely focus on reducing, managing, or limiting the consequences of biological events once they begin to occur. Surveillance plays an import role in early detection of such events, allowing an early response and limiting the events' spread and effects. Doing this effectively requires the earliest possible warning that an event is occurring and continuous shared situational awareness throughout the event to enable effective decision making regarding what actions should be taken.
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