The Department of Defense’s current approach to responding to domestic chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear incidents needs to be readjusted in light of overall national-security concerns.
There is no question that the Department of Defense has a responsibility to support the federal response to catastrophic events. The response to a nuclear detonation within the United States is the most demanding exercise of possible homeland-security scenarios. And one cannot question the enthusiasm and expertise shown by military and civilian responders as they train to respond to “unthinkable” terrorist incidents. But is it good defense policy?