Israel is the only modern nation that has not signed
the 1972 Biological
Weapons Convention (refusal to
engage in offensive biological warfare, stockpiling, and use of biological
weapons). Israel is also the only modern nation that has signed but not
ratified the 1993 Chemical
Weapons Convention (refusal to produce, stockpile and use chemical
weapons). Should a future biological terror attack hit America or any other
nation, the state of Israel and its citizens will be prime suspects.
The following government and non-government agencies, institutions and organizations also appear to be intimately involved in some aspect of the upcoming bio-terror attack: BARDA (Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority), CDC (Center for Disease Control), Center for Biosecurity of UPMC, EIS (Epidemic Intelligence Service), INTERPOL (International Criminal Police Organization), NBACC (National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center), NIAID (National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases), NIH (National Institutes of Health), OBFS (Organization of Biological Field Stations), USAMRICD (U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense), USAMRIID (U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases) and the WHO (World Health Organization).
The Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center coordinated the two largest bio-terror war games executed to date entitled Dark Winter and Atlantic Storm and have granted a joint appointment to none other than Ezekiel Emanuel.
Abstract: The Center for Biosecurity is an independent, nonprofit organization of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) that is dedicated to improving the country’s resilience to major biological threats.
The Center for Biosecurity is an independent, nonprofit organization of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Our mission is to strengthen national security by reducing the risks posed by biological attacks, epidemics, and other destabilizing events, and to improve the nation’s resilience in the face of such events.
To improve government policy and practice, our staff of experts in medicine, public health, national security, law, government, anthropology, and the biological sciences conducts innovative research and delivers reliable analyses that:
1. Assess the threats and challenges posed by biological weapon attacks, large-scale epidemics, and other large disasters;
2. Identify key barriers and solutions to prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery across the public and private sectors;
3. Advance the development of new technologies, medicines, and vaccines to deal with these challenges; and
4. Improve global public health and security (Wikipedia, 2012).
Title: About Center For Biosecurity Of UPMC
Source: Center For Biosecurity Of UPMC
Abstract: Our independent research, analysis, and nonpartisan policy recommendations are valued resources for decision makers who are responsible for strengthening U.S. planning, response, and resilience to catastrophic events.
The Center for Biosecurity is an independent nonprofit organization of UPMC.
Our mission is to strengthen U.S. national security and resilience by reducing dangers posed by epidemics, biothreats, nuclear disasters, and other destabilizing events.
Our staff comprises experts in medicine, public health, national security, law, economics, the biological and social sciences, and global health.
More than a Decade of Leadership and Scholarship
Prior to joining UPMC in 2003 as the Center for Biosecurity, the group was founded in 1998 as the first and only academic center focused on biosecurity policy and practice. The Center’s work has helped to identify the character and potential consequences of major biological threats, the policies needed to protect the nation, and the response capacities necessary to diminish the impact of such an event.
In the late 1990s, the Center led a major effort to develop consensus guidelines for medical and public health management of anthrax, smallpox, plague, botulinum toxin, tularemia, and the hemorrhagic fever viruses. The results were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), and this effort was central in helping shape U.S. biosecurity planning prior to 2001.
In the years after 2001, the Center has hosted more than a dozen high-profile events, including 2 major biosecurity tabletop exercises: Dark Winter (2001), which focused on domestic response to a covert release of smallpox, and Atlantic Storm (2005), which led internationally recognized leaders through a bioterrorism scenario that centered on the response to a smallpox attack.
In recent years, the Center’s efforts have broadened to include pandemics, natural disaster response, emerging infectious diseases, global health, and nuclear disasters and emergencies, while retaining commitment to analyzing biosecurity challenges and solutions.
Through its research and publications, policy and program analysis, expert working groups, Congressional testimony, scenario exercises, national meetings, and small meetings and briefings with government leaders, the Center has a developed a reputation as an independent, valued source of new ideas and pragmatic advice for reducing the dangers posed by biological, nuclear, and other major dangers and challenges facing the country.
Our Publications: Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science
The only peer-reviewed journal in the field, the quarterly Biosecurity and Biodefense provides an international forum for debate and exploration of the many key strategic, scientific, and operational issues posed by biological weapons and bioterrorism.
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