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National security exercises test lawmakers

Legislators this week grappled with how to respond to a 10-kiloton nuclear blast at New York’s Grand Central Station and a smallpox attack in Europe and America. Members of the House Homeland Security Committee went to Wye River, Md., Monday and Tuesday to participate in the two separate tabletop exercises, which were chosen to represent what committee Chairman Christopher Cox, R-Calif., called Wednesday, the two “most serious” threats to national security. Unlike a chemical or radiological strike, Cox told reporters in a telephone press conference, a nuclear or biological attack could be a “civilization-buster” bringing about drastic, long-term changes in the very nature of the country attacked. He said the thorny problems raised by the Wye River exercises confirmed the panelists’ belief that preventing such attacks should be their top priority. Full Story

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