Congressional Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response
Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction
Also known as The Gilmore Commission
The Advisory Panel assesses the capabilities for responding to terrorist incidents in the U.S. homeland involving weapons of mass destruction. Response capabilities at the Federal, State, and local levels are continually examined, with a particular emphasis on the latter two.
Background of The Gilmore Commission: The Secretary of Defense, together with the Attorney General, the Secretary of Energy, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, entered into a contract with the National Defense Research Institute (NDRI), a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) at RAND, to establish the Advisory Panel in accordance with Section 1405 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999, Public Law 105-261 (H.R. 3616, 105th Congress, 2nd Session) (October 17, 1998).
RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decision-making through research and analysis.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
Homeland Security Standards Panel (HSSP)
Established by ANSI in February 2003, the proposed mission of the HSSP is to catalog, promote, accelerate and coordinate the timely development of consensus standards within the national and international voluntary standards system intended to meet identified Homeland Security needs, and communicate the existence of such standards appropriately to governmental units and the private sector.
The Heritage Foundation Homeland Defense Project
The Heritage Foundation Homeland Security Task Force was formed days after the September 11 attacks to meet the need to strengthen the security of the United States homeland.
Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institute – a think tank – whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.
The Center for Homeland and Global Security
The Center For Homeland & Global Security facilitates the involvement of the corporate sector by organizing U.S. and international forums, bringing together the corporate and governmental sectors, by assessing new security needs, identifying new programs requiring the involvement of the corporate sector, and explaining the programs and procurement procedures of the governmental agencies coordinating homeland and global security. The Center is a division of Equity International, a top American business development firm which has been a leader in facilitating the corporate response to terrorism.
Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Industry Group
The NBC Industry Group is composed of about 100 companies, not-for-profit organizations, and consultants who support nuclear, chemical, and biological warfare defense activities. In addition to military defense against chemical and biological warfare, interests of the Group encompass domestic preparedness against chemical and biological terrorism, as well as the Chemical Weapons Convention and other treaties.
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