Biodefense: Worldwide Threats and Countermeasure Efforts For The Department of Defense, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities of the Committee on Armed Services House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, October 11, 2013   [open pdf - 935KB]

This is the October 11, 2013 Hearing on "Biodefense: Worldwide Threats and Countermeasure Efforts for the Department of Defense." From the opening statement of Mac Thornberry: "Today's hearing is a reminder that the national security threats to our Nation do not go away or wait patiently while we try to straighten out our budget woes. There are very real and very significant dangers in the world, and the foremost target is America and Americans. […] For example, while the world's attention has been focused on Syria's chemical weapons, DNI [Director of National Intelligence] Clapper testified earlier this year that Syria's biological program may be more advanced than we previously thought. We believe that other nations, such as North Korea, have such capability, as well. […] Since my departure from that subcommittee, we have seen the GAO [Government Accountability Office] report that showed the Government-wide bio-defense enterprise as being fragmented and sometimes duplicative as well as lacking strategic oversight mechanisms. Now, this committee and the Congress have acted to ameliorate those concerns and enhance the interagency process. And I certainly look forward to hearing from our witnesses on what progress has been made and how far we still have to go." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: James R. Langevin, Mac Thornberry, Bruce W. Bennett, Brett P. Giroir, Philip K. Russell, Amy E. Smithson.

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H.A.S.C. No. 113-63
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