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Pevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism Report Card
Bob Graham (ed); Jim Talent (ed)
An Assessment of the U.S. Government’s Progress in Protecting the U.S. from Weapons of Mass Destuction (WMD) Proliferation and Terrorism. In Dec. 2008, the Comm. on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism released a unanimous threat assessment: Unless the world community acts decisively and with great urgency, it is more likely than not that a WMD will be used in a terrorist attack somewhere in the world by the end of 2013. That weapon is more likely to be biological than nuclear. Almost 14 months have passed since the Comm. issued its World at Risk report. Since then, the risk has continued to grow. This is not meant to question the good faith or deny the dedication of anyone in the government. The fact is that first-world democracies are particularly vulnerable to asymmetric attack, especially from organizations that have no national base and therefore, are undeterred by the threat of retaliation. So although everyone wants to prevent such attacks, and the government made progress toward that end in certain areas, the forces and factors that imperil the country have been outracing defensive efforts and overwhelming good intentions. In reaction to the Christmas Day attack, President Barack Obama stated that he would do everything in his power to support the men and women in intelligence, law enforcement and homeland security to ensure they have the tools and resources to keep America safe.” It is in this spirit of protecting America that the report card was developed. The assessment is not a good one, particularly in the area of biological threats. The government has made progress on preventing such attacks but is simply not paying consistent and urgent attention to the means of responding quickly and effectively so that they no longer constitute a threat of mass destruction. The failures did not begin with the current group of leaders. Each of the last three Administrations has been slow to recognize and respond to the biothreat. But now we no longer have the luxury of a slow learning curve. Includes recommendations.
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