Armed Services Committee hearing tackles anti-WMD fund requests

The Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, under the House Committee on Armed Services, held a hearing on Wednesday on how to combat weapons of mass destruction (WMD), as well as budget issues related to them.

The hearing delved into requests for budgetary action in the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the Chemical Biological Defense Program.
 
Those who gave testimony represented several offices within the Department of Defense, including the Threat Reduction and Arms Control Agency, the Chemical and Biological Defense section, and the Homeland Defense and Global Security unit, among other sections.

In his testimony, John Burnham, deputy assistant secretary of defense for threat reduction and arms control, said efforts at improving preparedness and countermeasures against the threat of chemical or biological attack should continue to be a priority in the realm of defense, as should further disarmament measures within the international community. Burnham also said that as the world is becoming more connected, information on building dangerous weapons is becoming easier for enemy combatants to obtain.

Burnham also detailed requests in budgets that were included in President Obama's fiscal 2016 budget plan, including $358.1 million for Defense Threat Reduction Agency programs and $720.7 million for the U.S. Chemical Demilitarization Program.

Other witnesses spoke on the importance of weapons of mass destruction not falling into dangerous hands and the nonproliferation measures needed for these kinds of weapons.

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