Preparing for the Worst:

Air and Army National Guard members of Arkansas’s 61st Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Team sharpened their rapid response skills in a weapons of mass destruction training exercise last week at Kirtland AFB, N.M. As part of a course at the Defense Nuclear Weapons School there, the anti-terrorism exercise required the guardsmen to find, identify, and safely contain a sample of radioactive material hidden in a trailer. DOD has fielded 40 Guard WMD-CSTs, working toward a total of 55 teams authorized by Congress.