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Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism

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Created by the U.S. Congress in May 2008, the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism was chartered to examine the control of nuclear weapons materials, capabilities, and proliferation; address the roles, mission, and structure of all relevant government agencies and other actors, interagency coordination, U.S. commitments to international regimes and cooperation with other countries, and the threat of weapons of mass destruction proliferation and terrorism to the United States and its interests and allies; update the Baker-Cutler Report and deliver a final report.

It issued a report, World at Risk, in December 2008, and continues its hearings. The Director of National Intelligence agreed with the threat assessment, including
Unless the world community acts decisively and with great urgency, it is more likely than not that a weapon of mass destruction will be used in a terrorist attack somewhere in the world by the end of 2013...The Commission further believes that terrorists are more likely to be able to obtain and use a biological weapon than a nuclear weapon.[1]


2008 World at Risk Report

Continuing hearings

  • 9-22-2009 “Strengthening Security and Oversight at Biological Research Laboratories” Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security
  • 9-22-09 “World at Risk: The Weapons of Mass Destruction Prevention and Preparedness Act of 2009 (S. 1649)” Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
  • 4-30-09 “National Security Reform: Implementing a National Security Service Workforce,” Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs
  • 1-22-09 House Armed Services Committee


  1. World at Risk: The Report of the Commission on the Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism, Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, 2008