Serial No. 106-32: Combating Terrorism: Role of the National Guard Response Teams: Hearing before the Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans Affairs, and International Relations of the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixth Congress, First Session, June 23, 1999 [open pdf - 1MB]
From the opening Statement of Chairman Christopher Shays: "Local and State and Federal efforts to combat domestic terrorism are proliferating rapidly. City and county first responders are being trained and equipped to deal with incidents involving nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons of mass destruction. More than 40 Federal departments, agencies, and programs have responsibilities to help detect, deter, and mitigate the effects of terrorist attacks. Next January, 10 National Guard Rapid Assessment and Initial Detection teams, RAID teams, will join the arsenal available to States against the terrorist threat. So we asked the General Accounting Office [GAO], to assess the proposed mission and operational role of the new RAID teams to determine where they will fit in a coordinated, effective, and efficient response to a weapons of mass destruction incident. According to the report released by GAO today, the answer remains disturbingly murky. State and local officials expressed widely varying degrees of confidence that a RAID team would arrive in time to be of real use in the critical early stages of situation assessment and lethal agent detection. Some viewed the RAID team mission as duplicative of growing State and local first-response capabilities." Statements, letters, and material submitted for the record include those of the following: Charles Cragin, Roger Shultz, Bruce Lawlor, John H. Fenimore, Mark Gebicke, Ann Borseth, and Robert Pelletier.
Serial No. 106-32