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Hitting America's soft underbelly: the potential threat of deliberate biological attacks against the U.S. agricultural and food industry

Hitting America's soft underbelly: the potential threat of deliberate biological attacks against the U.S. agricultural and food industry

Chalk, Peter

Over the past decade, the United States has endeavored to increase its ability to detect, prevent, and respond to terrorist threats and incidents. The agriculture sector and the food industry in general, however, have received comparatively little attention with respect to protection against terrorist incidents. This study aims to expand the current debate on domestic homeland security by assessing the vulnerabilities of the agricultural sector and the food chain to a deliberate act of biological terrorism. The author presents the current state of research on threats to agricultural livestock and produce, outlines the sector's importance to the U.S. economy, examines the capabilities that are needed to exploit the vulnerabilities in the food industry, and explores the likely outcomes of a successful attack. The author addresses the question of why terrorists have yet to employ agricultural assaults as a method of operation and offers proposed recommendations for the U.S. policymaking community

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Published Santa Monica, CA : Rand Corp 2004

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Statement of responsibility: Peter Chalk
ISBN: 0833035223, 0833035940, 9780833035226, 9780833035943
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 43-47).
Note: Print version record.
Note: "Prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense."
Note: "MG-135-OSD"--Page 4 of cover.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 47 pages)
Subject: MEDICAL Health Policy.; Civil defense United States.; Security Measures.; Bioterrorism United States Prevention.; Agriculture Defense measures United States.; Civil defense.; United States.; Agriculture Defense measures.; Bioterrorism prevention & control.; Food industry and trade Defense measures.; Civil Defense.; Food industry and trade Defense measures United States.; Food Industry.; Agriculture.; POLITICAL SCIENCE Political Freedom & Security Law Enforcement.; Bioterrorism Prevention.
Alternative Title: Potential threat of deliberate biological attacks against the U.S. agricultural and food industry
Local note: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access

Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Preface
  3. Contents
  4. Tables
  5. Summary
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Acronyms
  8. CHAPTER ONE Introduction
  9. CHAPTER TWO Vulnerability of U.S. Agriculture to Bio-Attacks
  10. CHAPTER THREE Potential Impact of a Major Act of Agroterrorism
  11. CHAPTER FOUR Policy Recommendations
  12. Bibliography.