Chemical and Biological Equipment: Preparing for a Toxic Battlefield, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans Affairs and International Relations of the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Seventh Congress, Second Session, October 1, 2002   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the opening statement of Christopher Shays: "In the event U.S. forces are called upon to rid the world of the grave and growing threat posed by the current Iraqi regime, it must be assumed those men and women will face chemical and biological weapons. That prospect compels us to ask, are we ready to fight and prevail on a contaminated battlefield? That question has vexed Pentagon planners and congressional committees since the Persian Gulf war. [...] As one Gulf war analyst put it, having looked into the eyes of the dragon in the Iraqi desert, military planners cannot rely on nuclear deterrence or mere luck to avoid CB [Chemical Biological] attack. We must constantly reevaluate the threat and reform our defenses against it. Two years ago this subcommittee heard testimony from the General Accounting Office, GAO, the DOD [Department of Defense] Inspector General and key Pentagon officials in the status of the chemical and biological defense program. We told them then that we would invite them back to describe progress and problems meeting their own performance goals. Whether the threat emanates from Iraq, Iran, North Korea or some national terrorist groups, their answers are of vital importance to our national security." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Christopher Shays, Anna Johnson-Winegar, Stephen Goldfein, William L. Bond, Michael A. Parker, George Allen, Joseph E. Schmitz, Donald A. Bloomer, David K. Steensma, Raymond J. Decker, William W. Cawood, Claude Bolton, and Diane E. Watson.

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