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A BIO-RESPONSE REPORT CARD

Download the full report: Bio-terrorism Attack Preparedness (pdf)

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 bio-response capabilities. This report seeks to fill that gap.

By design, this review provides a high-level analysis of a complex enterprise. Our hope is that this report will result in a better-prepared nation. We know America’s leaders want to address what everyone agrees is a task of the highest priority: ensuring the safety and security of our citizens.

Eleven of the nation’s leading biodefense experts have guided our project, and many more have informed this report. Its purpose is to provide America’s leadership both a strategic assessment and concrete advice, in a user-friendly form, so that policymakers better understand what can and should be done.

This report offers:

• An overview of current and emerging bioterrorism threats,

• Fundamental expectations and evaluations for each of seven bio-response categories,

• An overview of challenges that affect the entire bio-response enterprise, and

• Recommended priorities that will strengthen the nation’s bio-preparedness and response capabilities.

Our nation will always face the threat of biological disasters. The more robust our nation’s preparedness, however, the more we reduce the consequences and the likelihood of being attacked. Most important, strong biodefense capabilities will bring us closer to the day when biological threats, whether natural or man-made, are no longer potential weapons of mass destruction.

Senator Bob Graham, Chairman

Senator Jim Talent, Vice Chairman

Randy Larsen, CEO

Lynne Kidder, President

Last updated Wednesday January 11, 2012 03:08 PM

 
 

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