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Accession Number ADA562367
Title Bureaucracy vs. Bioterrorism: Countering a Globalized Threat.
Publication Date Feb 2011
Media Count 28p
Personal Author S. G. Hoffman
Abstract Two things are certain: death and taxes. Or maybe just taxes. Scientists are attempting to cheat death with rapidly progressing technologies capable of constructing and manipulating life synthetically from basic chemical elements. While the advancing rates of capability in computing speed, genomics, synthetic biology and nanotechnology have the potential to improve and lengthen life for all humans, they also enable biological weapons that can destroy wide swaths of humanity or attack specific groups of individuals. This confluence of technology is advancing at exponential rates and seems have the advantage over the limited detection, protection and treatment capabilities offered by a lumbering bureaucracy. While human nature has not changed, rapidly advancing technology is providing new and novel biothreats to our adversaries. Globalization and the increasing availability of knowledge required to develop biothreats coupled with declining computing costs work together to dramatically increase the likelihood of biological weapon proliferation over the next 25 years. Given a future proliferation of biological weapons to terrorist groups facilitated by globalization and rapidly increasing technological advancements, can a bureaucracy develop an effective network of countermeasures to bioterrorism.
Keywords Attack
Biological warfare
Biology
Bioterrorism
Chemical elements
Chemical ordnance
Genome
Global
Nanotechnology
Threats
Weapons


 
Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 74D - Chemical, Biological, & Radiological Warfare
Corporate Author Air War Coll., Maxwell AFB, AL.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Research paper.
NTIS Issue Number 1225
Contract Number N/A

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