Accession Number:

ADA394438

Title:

Biological Warfare: A Nation at Risk - A Time to Act

Descriptive Note:

Strategic forum

Corporate Author:

OFFICE OF THE UNDER SECRETARY OF THE NAVY PENTAGON WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1996-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

6.0

Abstract:

There is a regrettable tendency to think about defense against biological warfare either as unnecessary or as too hard. Unfortunately, the danger of biological warfare did not dissipate with the dismantling of our own offensive program in 1969, the signing of the Biological Weapons Convention in 1972, the fall of the Berlin Wall, or the threat of nuclear retaliation against Saddam in 1991. Only by planning and preparing will we be able to diminish the likelihood that biological weapons will be used, and reduce the risks if they are. Fortunately, substantial improvements can be made in our biological defensive capabilities at relatively small levels of investment.

Subject Categories:

  • Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE