Homeland Security Presidential Directive 18: Medical Countermeasures against Weapons of Mass Destruction [open pdf - 242KB]
Alternate Title: HSPD 18: Medical Countermeasures against Weapons of Mass Destruction
Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 18 addresses the need to be prepared for an attack by terrorist forces using a weapon of mass destruction. It acknowledges that having sufficient resources on hand at all times and at all places is not a realistic feasibility. The policy set forth in the HSPD is "a two tiered approach for development and acquisition of medical countermeasures, which will balance the immediate need to provide a capability to mitigate the catastrophic of the current CBRN threats with long-term requirements to develop more flexible spectrum countermeasures to address future threats." Tier I is a focused development of Agent-Specific Medical Countermeasures and Tier II concerns the development of a Flexible Capability for New Medical Countermeasures.
HSPD 18; Homeland Security Presidential Directive 18
Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/wcomp/index.html
Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents (February 12, 2007), v.43 n.6, p.128-134