Accession Number : ADA409307


Title :   Agricultural Bioterrorism: A Federal Strategy to Meet the Threat


Corporate Author : NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Parker, Henry S.


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA409307


Report Date : 2002


Pagination or Media Count : 114


Abstract : The attacks of September 11, 2001 have made Americans acutely a ware of their vulnerability to terrorism. Now the Nation is focused on improving defensive measures and rooting out and destroying the global infrastructure of terrorism. In response to the terrorist offensive, the Bush administration has engineered an international coalition against terrorism; dedicated substantial new resources to prevent or deter this blight; undertaken military action against blatant practitioners of terrorism; and established a new Office of Homeland Security, under the leadership of former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge, to coordinate the Federal response to terrorism. As America prepares defenses against catastrophes barely conceivable only a few months ago, the threat of bioerrorism in particular looms larger than ever. Fears of anthrax, smallpox, and plague pervade the American consciousness, fueled by reports that some of the plane hijackers involved in the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks had specific interest in crop duster aircraft that could be used to disseminate aerosols of pathogens. Because of this, the Nation is stepping up its defenses against bioterrorism.


Descriptors :   *STRATEGY , *AGRICULTURE , *HOMELAND SECURITY , MILITARY OPERATIONS , GLOBAL , NATIONAL SECURITY , UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , ORGANIZATIONS , AEROSOLS , AIRCRAFT , DEFENSE SYSTEMS , LEADERSHIP , VULNERABILITY , REPORTS , FUELS , RESPONSE , RESOURCES , COUNTERTERRORISM , TERRORISM , PATHOGENIC MICROORGANISMS , PLAGUES , INFRASTRUCTURE.


Subject Categories : CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL AND RADIOLOGICAL WARFARE
      UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE