COOPERATIVE THREAT REDUCTION AND NONPROLIFERATION PROGRAMS: THE NEED FOR COORDINATION
Kingsley, Mamie Jane
The growing number of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) threats requires the government of the United States to take an aggressive approach to protect its citizens and the world. This thesis examines the creation and evolution of the Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) program. CTR is the most relevant program to analyze for lessons learned to determine realistic and efficient proposals for future nonproliferation engagements with foreign nations. Other nonproliferation programs operated by various departments and agencies throughout the U.S. government are also studied. The paper examines the scope of activities within each program, to include the vulnerabilities that are being mitigated. Next, the thesis presents a wide array of literature that discusses the need for better coordination of CTR and nonproliferation activities. This literature, along with the material presented on CTR's history and the other nonproliferation activities underway, is used in the final chapter to propose a solution to the United States' need for oversight of WMD-related activities.The proposal is to create an executive-level entity called the WMD Activities Coordination Office. This office would be responsible for monitoring the U.S.'s nonproliferation engagements around the world. Both the type of activity being conducted and the nations engaged would be closely tracked by this office. The establishment of a synchronizing office would greatly enhance the U.S.'s nonproliferation portfolio. The proposal also ensures that redundant activities and engagements are identified and appropriately addressed. It would also be easier to identify existing threats that are not being addressed if a coordinating entity was created. The U.S.'s portfolio for countering the threats posed by WMDs is impressive and encouraging. However, there is a dire need for a single office to oversee the scope of engagements and ensure the myriad of threats facing the U.S. are appropriately addressed.
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Program Announcement and Notice of Availability of Funds for Fiscal Year 1986; Cooperative Agreements for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS); Health Education and Risk Reduction Programs Unknown creator (Centers for Disease Control (United States) [CDC], 1986-01-27)