The Bioweapons Threat and Policy Options: A Survey of Senior US Policy Makers

December 12, 2006 | 12:00 AM
House Capitol, Room HC 6

Dr. Amy Smithson, Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, discusses the threat of biological weapons and the policy options to address them. Following Aum Shinrikyo's 1995 sarin attack on a Tokyo subway, revelations about the USSR's massive biological weapons program and Iraq's germ warfare program in the 1990's, and the sending of anthrax-laced letters to the US government offices, considerable efforts have been made to understand and deal with the threat of biological weapons. What actions are currently being taken to address these problems? Is the US government prepared to respond? How do we rate the US government's performance? Dr. Smithson will address these questions and more as she shares the results of her comprehensive study.