WaPo: President Bush issued a formal national security directive yesterday ordering agencies to prepare contingency plans for a surprise, "decapitating" attack on the federal government, and assigned responsibility for coordinating such plans to the White House.
The prospect of a nuclear bomb being detonated in Washington without warning, whether smuggled in by terrorists or a foreign government, has been cited by many security analysts as a rising concern since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
During the Cold War, it was assumed that there would be notice that missiles were incoming (Duck and Cover), but now there could be no warning. So...
"Emphasis will be placed upon geographic dispersion of leadership, staff, and infrastructure in order to increase survivability and maintain uninterrupted Government Functions."I suppose it looks good on paper, but does anyone really think that the WH has the capability to organize anything properly? It seems like people do a better job of looking out for each other when they don't expect the federal government to intervene. It's not a bad idea to relocate certain agencies outside of DC though. They should note Rudy Giuliani who located his emergency command center in the WTC (even though it was bombed in 1993).