Combating Terrorism: Observations on Federal Spending to Combat Terrorism, Statement of Henry L. Hinton, Jr., Assistant Comptroller General, National Security and International Affairs Division, Testimony before the Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans Affairs, and International Relations, Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 202KB]

"The U.S. intelligence community continuously assesses both the foreign-origin and the domestic terrorist threat to the United States and notes that conventional explosives and firearms continue to be the weapons of choice for terrorists. Terrorists are less likely to use chemical and biological weapons than conventional explosives, although the possibility that they may use chemical and biological materials may increase over the next decade, according to intelligence agencies. This testimony (1) analyzes the foreign-origin and domestic terrorism threat as GAO understands it from intelligence analyses, (2) provides overall observations on program growth and other issues raised by GAO's work in this area, (3) examines steps that the executive branch has taken to improve crosscutting management and coordination and (4) provides preliminary observations on the 1998 and 1999 OMB reports to Congress on governmentwide spending and budgeting to combat terrorism."

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