Interagency Coordination in the Case of an Intentional Agroterrorist Incident
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Agriculture in the United States has a tremendous importance in the economic well being of the country. Agroterrorism is defined as an attack against livestock or crops. Though an agroterrorist incident doesnt make the same statement as an attack against human targets, it would be fairly easy to perform. United States agriculture is particularly susceptible in an intentional terrorist event. Though there are many directives and plans in place to protect the country in case of an agroterrorist event, there are still some areas of concern. Communication and coordination are the primary concerns. In an emergency response in agriculture there are many organizations and governmental agencies responding. In past natural incidents, such as food borne illness, there was much confusion about what roles each group should play. This manuscript will evaluate the steps that have been taken to ensure a more coordinated response in the event of an agricultural incident, and why the lessons learned are repeated. In addition, recommendations for reducing repeated errors in coordination are proposed.
- Agronomy, Horticulture and Aquiculture
- Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare