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Bioterrorism Response: Does the Way Forward Lie in Our Past?

BY DAVID M. LADD and CHERYL GAUTHIEREver since the “Amerithrax” attacks of 2001, a debate has raged throughout much of the collective homeland security community regarding field testing of biological agents. Despite multiple reports and mandates citing a priority of need to develop an improved biodetection capability, no national strategy presently exists.The following commentary offers the hypothesis that we as the homeland security community, collectively, need to step back and reevaluate our approach, shifting from a technology-driven solution to a deliberated strategy. For nine years, the “national” effort has been narrowly focused on finding the “perfect...

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