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U.S. needs network to counter WMD threat

WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) -- The United States needs a network of international partners to help counter threats from weapons of mass destruction, according new a Rand Corp. monograph.

The U.S.-based non-profit policy think tank said in a new research monograph released by its National Defense Research Institute that the United States does not have the resources or the capacity to counter threats from weapons of mass destruction unilaterally.

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Despite the implementation of several non-proliferation programs, the Rand monograph suggests the United States build a network of partner countries to support a global effort to stop terrorist or other militant organizations from obtaining a weapon of mass destruction, according to a Rand news release.

The monograph recommends the United States engage in a four-step process to build an international counter-weapon of mass destruction network that includes "identifying capabilities and desired end states relative to the weapon of mass destruction threat, working with potential partners, identifying relevant building partner capacity ways and means and developing a framework to assess the effectiveness of building partner capacity programs and activities," the release said.

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