Response to attacks.

Author:Spoehr, Tom
Position:READER'S FORUM: VIEWS ... COMMENTS ... SUGGESTIONS - Letter to the editor

I enjoyed your article "Nation Has Few WMD Response Teams in Place," (June 2008). I agree the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force is a capable unit. I believe however you have overlooked some national assets which will be of use to the nation in the event we need to respond to a WMD event. The National Guard has taken the initiative to stand up 17 CBRN Emergency Response Force Packages, which contain medical, CBRN, and technical rescue capabilities. As you mention in your article, the Army has chemical units--87 chemical companies. I concur they are not 100 percent manned or equipped (suffering similar shortages as the rest of the Army) but they do represent real response capability.

We have more than 21,000 uniformed members of the Army...

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