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June 27, 2006

DHS breaks ground on biodefense center

Filed under: Biosecurity,DHS News — by Christian Beckner on June 27, 2006

DHS yesterday broke ground on the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC) at Fort Detrick, MD, as noted in a press release from the Department. The Frederick (MD) News Post reported on the ground-breaking, and the Baltimore Sun ran a story that considered some of the security-related and ethical issues surrounding the work of the NBACC.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

June 27, 2006 @ 3:54 pm

This establishment makes clear that the rivalry over bioterrorism preparedness and response between DHS and HHS puts the country at risk. It reflects the Congressional committee structure but then when was Congress willing to even document redundancies and overlaps or even more important competencies for the organization they create. It would be timely for the GAO to document exactly what DHS and HHS are each doing on bioterrorism preparedness and response and whether that analysis shows even basic common sense or technical or expert sense for the division of labor. It may be each of those departments wants to be in the lead, prohibiting activity by others, but only so it can do as little as possible.

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