4 December 2008
4 December 2008 - Raj De, a partner at Mayer Brown LLP, a leading global law firm, serving as pro bono General Counsel to the Commission on the Prevention of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, yesterday joined with colleagues in Washington, DC to release the Commission's final report, "World at Risk," urging the President-elect and the next Congress to take immediate action to confront the peril posed by WMD proliferation and terrorism.
Following six months of deliberation, site visits, and interviews with more than 250 government officials and non-governmental experts at home and abroad, the Commission reached the sobering conclusion that "our margin of safety is shrinking, not growing." In its unanimous report, available at www.preventwmd.gov
, the Commission set forth a series of concrete recommendations to address this situation both domestically and internationally, centering its findings on the need to radically revamp US strategic policy with Pakistan, to develop a new comprehensive blueprint to address the risk of biological terrorism, and to reinvigorate the international nuclear non-proliferation regime. The Commission this week briefed President Bush, Vice President-elect Biden, and Congressional leadership on its findings and recommendations.
"This report, particularly with its focus on the challenges posed by the most poorly governed parts of Pakistan and the evolving bioterror threat, is especially timely," said Mr. De. "I hope that the work of the Commission and its recommendations will be a number one priority for the incoming Administration and the 111th Congress."
The bipartisan Commission, led by former Senator Bob Graham of Florida and former Senator Jim Talent of Missouri, was established by Congress to assess current activities, initiatives, and programs to prevent WMD proliferation and terrorism, and to provide the President and Congress with a clear and comprehensive strategy with concrete recommendations. Commissioners, who were appointed by the majority and minority leadership of the US Senate and House of Representatives, include former Members of Congress, senior officials, and policy experts.
Mr. De is a partner in Mayer Brown's Washington, DC office and has particular experience in matters that involve national security or homeland security issues. Mr. De has previously served as Counsel to the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and as Counsel to the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the "9/11 Commission"). He has also served as a trial attorney at the Department of Justice under the Attorney General Honors Program and clerked for the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. De currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Homeland Security and Defense Business Council.