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Defense Science Board releases bioterrorism priorities for Obama administration

Emergency Management Alert, November 11, 2008

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) wasted no time adding to the list of priorities for President-Elect Barack Obama.
 
On Election Day, the Defense Science Board (DSB), an independent group that advises the DOD on science and technology issues, issued a report outlining priorities for the new administration, including measures to prevent and respond to a biological terrorist attack.
 
DSB warned that the U.S. remains underprepared to deal with a weapon-of-mass-destruction attack. The group advised the Obama administration to focus on ways to mitigate the effects of an attack, particularly against a “dirty bomb” attack that could use radioactive materials found in hospitals around the country.
 
The board pointed to an increase of surge capacity for medical resources such as respirators and nurses, and the need for repeated response exercises as two areas of focus.
 
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