Weapons of Mass Destruction and the Homeland Threat: Deterrence through Consequence Management [open pdf - 65KB]
The ability of the United States to protect its global interests, fulfill its responsibilities in the world community, and meet the challenges of the future depends on its ability to exercise the strategic concepts of decisive force, power projection, overseas presence, and strategic agility. Through asymmetric employment of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), potential adversaries can attack the United States homeland, threaten America's critical strengths, and undermine the military's ability to maintain full spectrum dominance, which is the key to achieving these strategic concepts. America's WMD counterproliferation strategy depends, in part, on an effective consequence management program to deter potential adversaries from employing WMD against the U.S. homeland. Progress has been made in implementing this program. However, failure to define the desired outcome for the national strategy, poor interagency coordination, and misdirected training continue to limit the overall effectiveness of the program. Prompt and urgent implementation of remedial measures is suggested for achieving near-term improvement. The current state of consequence management demands such improvement if adversarial attacks are to be adequately deterred.