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By Ray Locker
Copyright: USA Today
The Pentagon wants to spend more money on a secret program to track weapons of mass destruction because of new information showing an increased need to locate chemical and biological weapons, military budget plans show.
The increased funding for the Nimble Elder program of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is "driven by recent classified DoD guidance," according to DTRA's budget plans, which were released in March.
Nimble Elder, Pentagon documents show, involves WMD-tracking teams that work with combatant commands around the world to either deploy rapidly to crisis spots around the world or are already based in those areas. They collaborate with technical support groups to "provide the (combatant commands) and other U.S. government agencies with the capability to counter WMD threats."