Department of Defense Nuclear/Biological/Chemical (NBC) Warfare Defense: Annual Report to Congress, April 1996   [open pdf - 2MB]

This document is the 1996 annual report to Congress by DoD's NBC Warfare Defense Program. "The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1994, Public Law No. 103-160, Section 1703, mandates the consolidation of all Department of Defense nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) defense programs. As part of this consolidation, the Secretary of Defense is directed to submit an assessment and a description of plans to improve readiness to survive, fight and win in an NBC contaminated environment. This report contains modernization plan summaries which highlight the Department's approach to improve current NBC defense equipment and resolve current shortcomings in the program. Public Law 103-160 has been a critical tool for ensuring the elimination of redundant programs, focusing funds on program priorities, and enhancing readiness. While many problems remain in consolidating the NBC defense program, significant and measurable progress has been made in fulfilling the letter and the intent of Congress. Any dissipation of oversight of the NBC defense program may unravel recent accomplishments in coordinating management throughout the Department and may increase program costs and degrade readiness in the long-term. To date there has been a consolidation of the research, development and acquisition organizations for NBC defense, including the consolidation of all research, development, test and evaluation, and procurement funds for NBC defense."

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