This section contains a summary of the status of the CPRC's 1996 findings and recommendations, an overview of the progress in addressing the counterproliferation ACEs (in terms of investments by the CPRC- represented organizations), and a brief description of the CPRC's basic approach for assessing future progress in meeting the policy and strategy objectives for countering NBC/ M proliferation and NBC terrorism as embodied in the ACEs.
Approval of the Counterproliferation- Related Budgets of the CPRC- Represented Organizations. To continue the progress being made in strengthening U. S. capabilities, including initiatives leading to rapid fielding of essential capabilities and improved integration and management oversight of counterproliferation- related programs, the CPRC urged Congress to approve the President's FY 1997 and out- year budgets of DoD, DOE, and U. S. Intelligence related to countering proliferation. Congress approved most of the President's FY 1997 budget request and supplemented it in key areas. The President's FY 1998 budget request is nearly $5.4 billion in combined DoD and DOE counterproliferation- related activities and programs, a 15% increase over the FY 1997 request. The CPRC- represented organizations continue to treat nonproliferation and counterproliferation needs and requirements as a high priority item in their budget development processes. (Details of the U. S. Intelligence budget for countering proliferation are provided in the Intelligence Annex to this report.)
Continue the CPRC Program Review Process. Recognizing that countering proliferation is a continuing challenge that will have to be addressed for the foreseeable future, the CPRC thought it prudent to continue the CPRC program review process beyond its statutorily mandated term, which was set to expire at the end of FY 1996. Congress extended the authority of the CPRC through FY 2000 in the 1997 NDAA. Furthermore, in recognition of the growing potential threat of paramilitary and terrorist NBC threats, Congress expanded the authority of the CPRC to review DoD, DOE, and U. S. Intelligence R& D and acquisition activities and programs developing capabilities and technologies for countering these threats.
Continue Close Coordination of R& D and Acquisition Programs among DoD, DOE, and U. S. Intelligence. Planning, coordination, and other activities related to management oversight expanded significantly in response to CPRC recommendations. The newly established CPRC Standing Committee is serving as a proactive vehicle to ensure continued close cooperation among the CPRC- represented organizations and coordination of their R& D, acquisition, and management activities which have characterized their integrated response in meeting ACE priorities to date. In addition to the Standing Committee, CPRC Action Officers, representing a variety of organizations within the DoD (including OSD, the Joint Staff, Services, and DoD Agencies), DOE, U. S. Intelligence, NSC, and OMB meet regularly to address interorganizational issues related to countering NBC/ M proliferation and NBC terrorism. Many CPRC Action Officers also serve on other interagency organizations, like the Nonproliferation and Arms Control Technical Working Group (NPAC TWG) and the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG) of the National Security Council's (NSC) Interagency Working Group on Counterterrorism, further enhancing interdepartmental and interagency coordination.
Establish a Joint DOE, DoD, and U. S. Intelligence R& D Initiative in Chemical and Biological Defense. DOE, in conjunction with DoD and U. S. Intelligence, established the Chemical and Biological Nonproliferation Program to leverage DOE's extensive expertise in the chemical and biological sciences resident in the National Laboratories. Based on a joint DoD, DOE, and U. S. Intelligence tour of the eight DOE National Laboratories (organized by ATSD( NCB) 's Deputy for Counterproliferation) conducted last summer and through thorough interdepartmental and interagency coordination, several projects were identified for FY 1997 funding. These projects leverage and fill gaps in ongoing DoD and U. S. Intelligence R& D programs and were selected based on their ability to expedite the development and rapid fielding of advanced capabilities to meet the chemical and biological defense and counterproliferation needs of DoD (including the CINCs, Services, and DoD Agencies), U. S. Intelligence, and other users from the nonproliferation, counterproliferation, and counterterrorism communities. (See Section 6.2 for additional information.)
Increase International Cooperative Efforts to Counter Proliferation. To expedite and more efficiently and effectively meet the challenges posed by the global proliferation problem, the CPRC continues to encourage and endorse expanded cooperation with international partners in countering NBC/ M proliferation and NBC terrorist threats. DoD is continuing to work with friends, allies, and potential coalition partners in Europe, the Pacific region, and the Middle East to develop common approaches on counterproliferation and NBC defense. For example, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Senior Defense Group on Proliferation (DGP) is continuing to develop a core, integrative set of capability enhancements and force improvements to counter NBC/ M threats, particularly for forces operating beyond the NATO periphery. DOE continues to work closely with international organizations, including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), to prevent the proliferation of nuclear materials. International cooperative activities demonstrate that the U. S. is not alone in its concerns for the defense dimension of NBC/ M proliferation. The CPRC- represented organizations remain committed to building international partnerships with allies and friends whose security and national interests are threatened by NBC/ M proliferation.
Review and Reprioritize the Counterproliferation ACEs. As discussed in Section 1.3, the review and reprioritization of the ACEs was completed by the CPRC Action Officers under the auspices of the CPRC Standing Committee. While this year each CPRC- represented organization prioritized the ACEs based on their specific mission needs, there was unanimous agreement on the modified ACE list as a whole. Furthermore, in recognition of growing concerns about NBC terrorism as a significant national security threat and the disturbing trends of rogue states to protect and conceal their NBC/ M infrastructure elements, ACEs dealing with countering NBC paramilitary and terrorist threats and countering NBC/ M and underground facilities and infrastructure elements were increased in priority.
DOE's investment for FY 1998 is $489.4 million, up 19% from FY 1997 and up 25% from FY 1996. DOE's nonproliferation focus results in concentration of its investment in tracking, protecting, and controlling nuclear weapon related materials and components (DOE ACE priority 1); supporting inspection and monitoring activities of arms control agreements (DOE ACE priority 5); defending against and managing the consequences of covert delivery and terrorist NBC threats (DOE ACE priorities 2 and 4); detection, identification, and characterization of BW agents through its new Chemical and Biological Nonproliferation Program (DOE ACE priority 3); and supporting export control activities (DOE ACE priority 9).
While the higher priority ACEs generally receive greater investment, the distribution of investments among the ACEs shows some variability. This is due to a variety of factors, including variation in the state- of- the- art and maturity of key enabling technologies, differing development stages of program evolution, unequal opportunities for near- term (versus longer term) payoffs, and due to the fact that some ACEs simply will require greater investment than others (e. g., those requiring extensive R& D). Consequently, it is difficult to judge progress in the counterproliferation ACEs simply by looking at the budget numbers. It requires a closer look at the accomplishments and planned milestones of all the programs addressing each of the ACEs - the subject of Sections 5 - 8 of the report.