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.
View the complete Bio-Response Report Card PDF
What you DON'T know just might kill you. Follow all the links, both here and in the report.
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