Chapter V. Prevent Our Enemies from Threatening Us, Our Allies, and Our Friends with Weapons
of Mass Destruction
Section C. The Way Ahead - 3. Chemical Weapons
Chemical weapons are a serious proliferation concern and are actively sought by
terrorists, including al-Qaida. Much like biological weapons, the threat from chemical
weapons increases with advances in technology, improvements in agent development,
and ease in acquisition of materials and equipment.
To deter and defend against such threats, we work to identify and disrupt terrorist
networks that seek chemical weapons capabilities, and seek to deny them access to
materials needed to make these weapons. We are improving our detection and other
chemical defense capabilities at home and abroad, including ensuring that U.S. military
forces and emergency responders are trained and equipped to manage the consequences
of a chemical weapons attack.