From the thesis abstract: "Prior to September 11, 2001, bioterrorism attacks in the United States seemed like a distant possibility rather than a reality. After September 11, 2001 the distant possibility became a realtime reality. The lethal anthrax attacks brought this reality to American soil and forever brought the possibility of this new instrument or power or threat to discussion. One type of bioterrorism that is not at the forefront however, is a type that could have a dramatic impact on our agricultural industry. If successful, an attack could produce both rippling economic and psychological affects across the U.S. Without an on-going plan and effective strategy from the government there is concern that the Department of Defense (DoD) and specifically the Armed Forces would by default become overly involved and this would have an indirect and detrimental impact on current military force readiness. To date the (DoD) is the only federal resource that appears capable of providing the comprehensive command and control (C2) as well as the rapid deployment of resources to meet the challenges from an agroterrorist event. The solution is to develop a system that could provide the necessary oversight to help detect, prevent, or manage an agroterrorist attack and the system would best be managed by a civilian agency that could provide the necessary C2 that would be required to oversee the local, state, and federal resources."
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