Scientists Urge DHS to Improve Bioterrorism Risk Assessment
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF OPERATIONS RESEARCH
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In 2006, the Department of Homeland Security DHS completed its first Bioterrorism Risk Assessment BTRA, intended to be the foundation for DHS s subsequent biennial risk assessments mandated by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 10 HSPD-10. At the request of DHS, the National Research Council established the Committee on Methodological Improvements to the Department of Homeland Security s Biological Agent Risk Analysis to provide an independent, scientific peer review of the BTRA. The Committee found a number of shortcomings in the BTRA, including a failure to consider terrorists as intelligent adversaries in their models, unnecessary complexity in threat and consequence modeling and simulations, and a lack of focus on risk management. The Committee unanimously concluded that an improved BTRA is needed to provide a more credible foundation for risk-informed decision making.
- Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare