The U.S. military’s enduring mission to counter threats posed by weapons of mass destruction (WMD) has taken on renewed urgency due to troubling developments in recent years that have contributed to a more volatile and complex threat landscape.
As the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review warns, “There now exists an unprecedented range and mix of threats, including major conventional, chemical, biological, nuclear, space, and cyber threats, and violent non-state actors. These developments have produced increased uncertainty and risk.”
In response, the U.S. government is recalibrating its counter WMD posture with agency reorganizations and reformulated strategies.
The Department of Defense recently transferred the Counter WMD mission lead from U.S. Strategic Command to U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), signaling a shift in strategy that places greater emphasis on identifying and preventing threats before they metastasize into crises.