Hearing on National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 and Oversight of Previously Authorized Programs Before the Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, Hearing on Counterproliferation Strategy and the Fiscal Year 2012 National Defense Authorization Budget Request for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and Chemical Biological Defense Program, Hearing Held March 11, 2011 [open pdf - 3MB]
From the opening statement of Mac Thornberry: "I think that there has been widespread agreement among those who have run for President and most others that the greatest single danger to this country's national security is a weapon of mass destruction, which could be detonated here on our shores. As a matter of fact, I noticed in yesterday's 'Washington Times' is a press report quoting a study to Congress that says: While counterterrorism actions have disrupted Al Qaeda's near-term effort to develop a sophisticated WMD [weapon of mass destruction] attack capability, we judge the group is still intent on its acquisition. So all of us ought to remember their intention and what they will do if they can get their hands on such a weapon. I notice that the 2010 QDR [Quadrennial Defense Review] says that as the ability to create and employ weapons of mass destruction spreads globally, so must our combined efforts to detect, interdict, and contain the effects of those weapons. And that is what this hearing is about." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: James R. Langevin, Mac Thornberry, Kenneth B. Handelman, Kenneth A. Myers III, Jess A. Scarbrough, Andrew Weber, Trent Franks, and C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger.
H.A.S.C. No. 112-18; House Armed Services Committee No. 112-18
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