Strategic Perspectives on the Bioterrorism Threat

There are several reasons why bio-weapons may be more attractive than nuclear weapons to terrorist groups, not the least of which is that it is probably much easier to acquire. Preparedness for a biological attack, or for that matter a naturally occurring epidemic, means having a well-developed infrastructure which can detect and diagnose a biological event, communicate effectively the nature and spread of disease, stockpile and distribute medical countermeasures, treat large numbers of affect people, and remediate the environment in areas that have been exposed.

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