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Clock Is Ticking: A Progress Report on America's Preparedness to Prevent Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism   [open pdf - 325KB]

Alternate Title: Clock is Ticking: A Progress Report on America's Preparedness to Prevent Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism

The U.S. Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism has published this progress report on WMD preparedness in the U.S. as a follow-up to its 2008 report entitled 'World at Risk'. This new report suggests that the U.S. has still not prepared itself enough for the threat of a WMD attack in the country. "The United States is failing to address its most urgent threat-biological proliferation and terrorism-concluded a report issued today by the bipartisan Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism. The Commission also felt the Obama Administration has given appropriate high-level attention to the nuclear threat but noted the challenges loom large. The Commission cited a range of missteps on biosecurity that lead to its conclusion: No senior-level advocate for biosecurity in the Administration, attempted funding 'raids' on two critical biopreparedness programs, and lack of appropriate disease surveillance. […] The Commission found greater progress in regard to the nuclear threat, noting that 2010 is a critical year for global security and the international nuclear nonproliferation regime. President Barack Obama has made a series of significant speeches related to nuclear nonproliferation, endorsing the thrust of the Commission's recommendations. However, real action is still to come, not only from the United States but also the world community."

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2009-10-21
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Public Domain
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United States Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism: http://www.preventwmd.gov/
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