New U.S. National Strategy for Countering Biological Threats   [open pdf - 470KB]

This issue is from the March 2010 issue of WMD Insights, a publication sponsored by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency "intended to provide timely and noteworthy unclassified information on international attitudes towards weapons of mass destruction and efforts to curb their proliferation." From the article: "Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher officially launched the Obama Administration's new U.S. 'National Strategy for Countering Biological Threats' on December 9, 2009 in Geneva. The launch was held at the annual Meeting of States Parties to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC)- the global treaty, signed in 1972, that bans biological weapons. The 23-page 'Strategy,' clearly and concisely elaborates the broad spectrum of biological risks and threats, including serious infectious disease outbreaks that affect humans, whether of natural, accidental or deliberate origin, as well as diseases of animals or crops that might threaten food supplies fall within its remit. The solutions suggested to deal with these challenges are not always very specific, but they are of a nature that allows future policy to be adapted in a number of ways. The document also reflects a strong recognition that many issues cut across traditional policy boundaries. The new U.S. biothreats 'Strategy' appears to be aimed at two distinct audiences - domestically it is intended to drive policy development and internationally it seems to be designed to signal a greater engagement with these issues in comparison with the more unilateral attitudes of the previous Administration." Note: This document has been added to the Homeland Security Digital Library in agreement with the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMD (PASCC) as part of the PASCC collection. Permission to download and/or retrieve this resource has been obtained through PASCC.

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WMD Insights (March 2010) no.32 p.17-23
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