Biological Weapons Defense

Biological Weapons Defense

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In 2003, the Presidenta€™s budget for bioterrorism defense totalled more than $5 billion. Today, the nationa€™s top academic scientists are scrambling to begin work to understand Bacillus anthracis and develop new vaccines and drugs. However, just five years ago, only the US Department of Defense (DOD) seemed concerned about these a€œexotica€ agents. In 1997, the DOD spent approximately $137 million on biodefense to protect the deployed force, while academe, industry, local governments, and most of our federal leadership was oblivious to, and in some cases doubtful of, the seriousness of the threat. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) received the largest budget increase in the organizationa€™s history. Fortunately, during this time of national urgency, a sound base exists on which to build our defenses against this new threat. A relatively small cadre of dedicated scientists within the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) laid this foundation over the past 20 years.JEFFREY J. ADAMOVICZ, PhD, LTC, USA a€c Bacteriology Division, US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious ... PhD a€c Homeland Security Institute- ANSER Corporation, Arlington, VA RICHARD H. BORSCHEL, PhD a€c Department ofanbsp;...

Title:Biological Weapons Defense
Author: Luther E. Lindler, Frank J. Lebeda, George Korch
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2007-10-27

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