"In the struggle to defend our people and values and to advance them wherever possible, we confront threats both old and new -- open borders and revolutions in technology have spread the message and the gifts of freedom but have also given new opportunities to freedom's enemies. Scientific advances have opened the possibility of longer, better lives. They have also given the enemies of freedom new opportunities... If we prepare to defend against these emerging threats we will show terrorists that assaults on America will accomplish nothing but their own downfall."

President Clinton
National Academy of Sciences
January 22, 1999

President Clinton has made defending the United States against chemical and biological weapons a top national security priority. The possibility that outlaw nations and terrorist groups will seek to use these weapons represents one of the greatest threats to American security in the 21st century. The Clinton Administration has sought to defend against these threats through diplomatic and military means abroad and through increased preparedness at home.



January 1999

President Clinton delivers a speech on future national security/WMD threats at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.

May 1998 President Clinton signs Presidential Decision Directive 62.
May 1998 President Clinton Establishes a National Coordinator for Security,
Infrastructure Protection and Counter-terrorism.
June 1995 President Clinton signs Presidential Decision Directive 39.


Remarks by the President: "Keeping America Secure for the 21st Century," January 22, 1999.

Presidential Decision Directive 62, May 1998.

Presidential Decision Directive 39, June 1995.

Fact Sheet on Funding for Domestic Preparedness and Critical Infrastructure Protection.

Funding for Domestic Preparedness and Critical Infrastructure Protection.

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