The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense concluded that the U.S. is unprepared for a biological or chemical weapons attack and lacks the infrastructure necessary to detect such an attack.
The panel, consisting of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), former Sen. Joe Lieberman, former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, former Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, former Sen. Tom Daschle, former Rep. Jim Greenwood and the Honorable Kenneth Wainstein, concluded the third of four meetings on the subject.
“Our legislative and executive branches are not capable of producing an effective reaction to an eventual biological threat,” Whitehouse said in a press release. “The Blue Ribbon Study Panel is addressing a vital issue that government hasn’t been able to rally behind.”
The third meeting consisted of the warnings and discussions about how to improve surveillance for biological and chemical threats.