Congresswoman's bill aims to improve data sharing on CBRN threats

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) | Courtesy of the U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) introduced a bill on Friday that would improve intelligence and information sharing with regard to terrorist threats that are chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) in nature.

The bill would stipulate that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) take part in analysis and sharing of this information with local, state and tribal governments that a particular incident or potential threat would impact.

"As we heard from experts in the hearings I chaired this year, the threat to our nation from terrorists seeking to attack our homeland is very real. Countering this threat and mitigating the risk require continuous sharing and analysis of intelligence," McSally said. “My bill requires DHS to conduct homeland security-focused intelligence analysis and information sharing for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats, and to provide information to officials at the state, local and tribal levels who can take action to protect our communities.”

The bill also would require further cooperation by centers and offices within DHS and by other agencies. Testimony from the aforementioned hearings involved CBRN threats, with special attention paid to chemical and biological threats and what risks they would pose to the nation's security.

McSally oversaw those hearings as chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communication, under the Committee on Homeland Security.

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