13 October 2011
On Wednesday, the WMD Center released its latest report that found the United States is unprepared for a large-scale biological attack, despite spending more than $65 billion on biodefense over the past decade; the report warned that the threat of biological weapons is now greater than ever as a result of technological advances; a small team of individuals with training in key disciplines can produce "the type of bioweapons created by nation-states in the 1960s"
U.S. preparedness levels questioned // Source: un.org
The report warned that the threat of biological weapons is now greater than ever as a result of technological advances.
Security experts have been well aware of the catastrophic potential of a biological attack, yet despite this knowledge, the government has largely failed to prepare the nation for a large-scale attack.
“If you look at capabilities of terrorist groups, if you look at their intentions and you look at our vulnerabilities … the threat is very high,” said former Missouri Senator Jim Talent, the report’s co-authors....
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This chart is part of the report, the preamble of which says this:
Bio-Response Report Card
The idea for this report card project began late last year, when we asked ourselves the question, “If the nation is unprepared for a biological attack, what more can we do?” Since 2001, the United States government has spent more than $65 billion on biodefense, and yet it has done so without an end-to-end, strategic assessment of the nation’s bioresponse capabilities. This report seeks to fill that gap.
What you DON'T know just might kill you. Follow all the links, both here and in the report.