The Hill
by Barry Kellman, BSG Member

December 15, 2009

The Commission on Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism identified two existential threats: nuclear and biological weapons. Bioweapons are easier to make and could be used repeatedly to inflict widespread terror and death. There is a 50-50 chance of a bio-attack against the U.S. by 2013.

Last week, at the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) Meeting in Geneva, Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher announced President Barack Obama’s strategy for countering biothreats. By announcing at this forum, the administration highlights the imperative of global cooperation to address biothreats and signals an implicit commitment to the centrality of the BWC in this domain.


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