Strategic Goal 4: Weapons of Mass Destruction - Public Benefit, Selected Performance Trends, and Strategic Context

FY 2003 Performance and Accountability Report
Bureau of Resource Management
December 2003

I. Public Benefit

Weapons of mass destruction (WMD) including nuclear, chemical, biological and radiological weapons and their delivery systems can threaten our territory and citizens, our armed forces, our national interests, and our allies and friends overseas. The Department helps combat this threat by working with other countries to fight WMD and missile proliferation, to defend against WMD attack, and to deny them to terrorist groups and rogue states. Our efforts improve the safety and security of the United States and its friends and allies by lowering the risk of conflict; minimizing the destruction caused by an attack or conflict; denying access to such indiscriminate weapons and the expertise necessary to develop them; and preventing potentially devastating WMD-related accidents.

The Department is committed to reducing the WMD and missile threat through agreements to reduce current nuclear weapons stockpiles; cooperative efforts to develop missile defenses as appropriate; strengthening nonproliferation treaties and commitments and their implementation; and active measures to improve and enforce export controls. The Department is helping shape U.S. and international strategies to eliminate threats remaining from the Cold War's WMD legacy, enhance controls on biological agents and toxins, especially in the area of national controls; and, most recently, redirect Iraq's former WMD scientists. To ensure our WMD strategies are both robust and effective, the Department seeks to integrate verification measures into arms control negotiations and nonproliferation agreements and commitments. The Department also works to ensure that compliance is rigorous and enforced. WMD and missile proliferation, especially in troubled regions, exacerbates regional instability and its associated negative political, economic and social consequences, including the danger that terrorists might acquire WMD and delivery systems. The Department is on the leading edge in responding to these and other WMD challenges that might arise.

Photo showing Iraqi missiles being transported to a safer place for further testing in Baghdad, Iraq.

Iraqi missiles are transported to a safer place for further testing in Baghdad, Iraq. Following the war in Iraq that ousted Saddam Hussein from power, the search continues for weapons of mass destruction.
� AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

II. Selected Performance Trends

Number of Countries Signing the International Atomic Energy Agency Safeguards Protocol (Cumulative)
  1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
Countries 6 35 44 52 60 66 78


Missiles and Rockets Destroyed as a Result of U.S. Funding of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Fund (Cumulative)
  1998 2000 2002
SCUD 107 107 154
SS-23 - 6 30
FROG - - 50

III. Strategic Context

The Weapons of Mass Destruction strategic goal is supported by three performance goals. Shown below are the major initiatives/programs, bureaus and partners that contribute to accomplishment of the strategic goal.

(Components that Contribute to Goal Accomplishment)
Performance Goal
(Short Title)
Initiative/Program Lead Bureau(s) External Partners
Bilateral Measures Curb Access Nonproliferation,
Verification and Compliance
DoC, DoD, DoE, DHHS, EPA, FBI, IC, NRC, NSC, USDA, CRDF, Australia Group, EU, G-8, IAEA, ICOC, MTCR, NATO, NPT, NSG, UNSC, Zangger Committee, ISTC, STCU
Cooperation With Allies and Friends on Missile Defense Arms Control DoD, IC, NSC, NATO
Cooperation with Russia on New Strategic Framework Arms Control,
Verification and Compliance
Multilateral Agreements and Nuclear Safety Strengthen Global Norms Nonproliferation,
Verification and Compliance
Same as "Curb Access"
Chemical Weapons Convention Arms Control,
Verification and Compliance
Biological Weapons Convention Arms Control,
Verification and Compliance
Promote Safe Nuclear Cooperation Nonproliferation,
Verification and Compliance
DoE, EPA, NRC, NSC, OVP, Treasury, USAID

Verification and Compliance

Arms Control and Nonproliferation Verification Verification and Compliance DoD, DOE, IC, DoC, JCS, DHS, FBI, NSC, OVP, DoJ, USDA, OPCW, Australia Group, EU, G-8, IAEA, ICOC, MTCR, NATO, NPT, NSG, UNSC, Zangger Committee
President's Annual Noncompliance Report Verification and Compliance Same as above
Compliance Diplomacy Arms Control, International Organizations, Verification and Compliance, Nonproliferation Same as above
All Source Intelligence Collection; Technology R&D Verification and Compliance IC, DoD, DOE, DHS, OSTP, TSWG, DTRA, National Labs, NSC, OVP

Rapid and Accurate Communication for Arms Control

Arms Control,
Verification and Compliance

DoD, DoE, DoC, NSC, IC