HCA 415 Community & Public Health
May 20, 2012
“Bioterrorism remains a major threat for the United States despite more than $65 billion spent on protecting the country from myriad dangers, the Bipartisan WMD Terrorism Research Center said in its latest report Wednesday. The center's Bio-Response Report Card evaluated U.S. preparedness for countering threats from bioterrorism and found the country remains vulnerable to multiple threats and "largely unprepared for a large-scale bioterrorist attack."”(UPI.com, 2011). There have been over a dozen leading U.S. bio-defense experts that have taken part in figuring out where we are exactly as a county and what the effects of a terroristic attack would be if it were to happen today. Through their investigation they are looking into what more can and needs to be done to deal with bioterrorism, so in turn their focus turned to what took about in the overall defense strategies after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. As far as the basic functions on the federal level during an event, since the early 1990’s there have been numerous initiatives that have been applied for responding to terrorist acts, including acts of bioterrorism. Key legislative and executive actions that address the threat of terrorism include some but not all are as follows: •
Defense Against Weapons of Mass Destruction Act •
Homeland Security Act of 2002
The Defense Against Weapons of Mass Destruction Act was passed in 1996 and directed the Department of Defense to enhance preparedness against acts of terrorism. The Homeland Security Act of 2002 was passed in November of 2002 by the 107th Congress. The President signed it into law on November 25, 2002. This Act authorizes a major restructuring of the federal government in creating the new Department of Homeland Security and specifies its primary responsibilities and functions. The Act became effective on...
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