Walker Introduces Legislation to Help Communities Combat Terrorist Attacks
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) this week introduced H.R. 1589, the CBRN Intelligence and Information Sharing Act of 2019. Walker serves as the Ranking Member for the Committee on Homeland Security's Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism.
This legislation requires the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A), within the Department of Homeland Security, to conduct analysis of terrorist capabilities related to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) materials, as well as threats to the homeland from global infectious disease. The bill further directs I&A to consider how to leverage intelligence information to improve CBRN prevention and recovery programs and requires the agency to share threat information with state and local entities as well as appropriate stakeholders.
"Combatting the threat of terrorism takes an international, national, and most importantly, local approach," Walker said. "This legislation will ensure that government entities correctly share information and communicate to keep our communities safe and prosperous."
"Information sharing and coordination across the government is essential to combatting terrorism," Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) said. "Intelligence and Counterterrorism Ranking Member Walker’s legislation will improve communication among government entities on the threat of weapons of mass destruction. I applaud Rep. Walker for his leadership on such a critical issue."
Terrorist groups have long strived to employ CBRN materials in their attacks. Osama bin Laden saw it as an Islamic duty to acquire weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and security experts believe this goal has remained a top priority for al Qaeda. As recently as last month, terrorist supporters online were promoting the use of poisons and chemicals in lone wolf attacks.
Read the full text of the CBRN Intelligence and Information Sharing Act of 2019 here.