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DHS unveils new office to counter potential WMD threats against US

WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (KUNA) -- The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday announced the establishment of the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office aimed at improving efforts to prevent terrorists from using chemical weapons against the US and its interests.
DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced the establishment of the CWMD, citing "rising danger from terrorist groups and rogue nations who could use chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear agents to harm Americans".
The office consolidates key DHS functions and will lead the Department's efforts to counter WMD threats.
"That's why DHS is moving towards a more integrated approach, bringing together intelligence, operations, interagency engagement, and international action. As terrorism evolves, we must stay ahead of the enemy and the establishment of this office is an important part of our efforts to do so," Neilsen said.
The CWMD Office will be led by James McDonnell, who was appointed by President Trump in June 2017 to serve as the Director of the DHS Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO). (end) hy.ibi