Pentagon to increase search for bioweapons, WMDs

The Pentagon intends to boost the role its elite commandos play in hunting and neutralizing weapons of mass destruction held by terrorists, according to budget documents and a U.S. Department of Defense official.

The Defense Threat Reduction agency says that the Pentagon has proposed to spend a total of $579 million between 2012 and 2016 to help commandos detect, disable, interdict and neutralize chemical, biological and nuclear containment facilities, according to

The funds have increased from $59.6 million spent in fiscal year 2010 to $102 million to be spent this year and an expected $117.7 million to be spent by 2016, according to budget documents prepared for fiscal year 2012, reports.

DTRA Director Kenneth Myers said improving commando capabilities is part of a U.S. approach to address potential WMD threats in as many ways as possible, through diplomacy, military interdiction, and destruction and homeland defense.

“Detection and interdiction in large part is potentially going to be a Special Operations Command mission,” Myers said, according to “It is a special relationship and one we take very seriously. They have a very unique operating environment and thus the tools they need might be different. We want to provide them more and better tools.”

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