BIO-TERRORISM PREPAREDNESS GETS THUMBS DOWN BY BIPARTISAN GROUP
By Jim Kouri, CPP
October 19, 2011
A report released this past week by the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Center gives failing or near failing grades for U.S, bio-terrorism preparedness and response, according to U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security,
“I applaud the continued dedication and vigilance of former [Democrat] Senator Bob Graham and and former [Republican] Senator Jim Talent in their oversight of our Nation’s biopreparedness. The findings they announced today are disturbing. They report that we continue to fall short on capabilities from detection to attribution to recovery,” said Chairman King.
The WMD Center is headed by former Senators Graham and Talent. Previously, the two led the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism (WMD Commission).
“The Department of Homeland Security Authorization bill (H.R. 3116) that the House Homeland Security Committee is marking up [on Wednesday] addresses several of these concerns, as does the WMD Prevention and Preparedness Act of 2011 (H.R. 2356), which I joined Rep. Pascrell (D-NJ) in introducing in June.