After the events of 9/11, the FBI made Weapons of Mass Destruction related terrorism its number one priority. As the threat of WMDs became ever present, the FBI established the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate (WMDD) which has the specific focus of apprehending terrorists and terrorist organisations attempting to procure or use WMDs.
Structure of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate
Three professional groups make up the WMDD:
1. Intelligence and Analysis
2. Investigations and Operations
3. Countermeasures and Preparedness
These three professional arms are responsible for all the FBI’s strategies for prevention, analysis and response to terrorist
activities relating to WMDs.
Technology and resources needed to terrorist to make WMDs isn’t easy for them to come by, but there is always the potential for these things to fall into the wrong hands, which the FBI must prevent. Groups like Hezbollah and Hamas work with governments, and therefore may be able to gain access to WMDs if those governments do. Meanwhile, other terrorist organisations like Al Qaeda attempt to procure weapons by buying or stealing them.
Job Description for Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate
WMDD is responsible for keeping track of stockpiles, materials and WMD experts around the globe. WMDD jobs involve both operational and technical work, and involve collaborating with local governments and other federal agencies internationally to keep WMD arsenals secure. Responsibilities of WMDD staff include:
1. Keeping tabs on the status of WMDs globally.
2. Monitoring the communication, movement and activities of WMD specialists, arms dealers, and of course, terrorists.
3. Planning and executing initiatives to either take or eliminate WMDs in danger of being procured by terrorists.
4. Putting human elements in place to survey terrorist groups and hostile organisations.
5. Cooperating with other relevant bodies to stop threatening WMD operations that could hurt the U.S. or U.S. allies.
6. Keeping equipment, knowledge and technology restricted.
Salary for Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate Staff
Special Agents and technical experts make up the WMDD. Special Agents begin with the GS-10 pay grade, and have the opportunity to be promoted up to GS-15. They will receive Law Enforcement Availability Pay, which is 25 percent of their initial salary, for their 50 hour work week. Support professionals come in with an opening salary of GS-7, GS-9 or GS-11, and their earnings are capped at the GS-14 level. These other professionals might be able to procure extra compensation for overtime, hazardous work or the demands of increased availability. All WMDD professionals, Special Agent or otherwise, will have their salaries compensated for the cost of living.