Scientists urge DHS to improve Bioterrorism Risk Assessment.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In 2006, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) completed its first Bioterrorism Risk Assessment (BTRA), intended to be the foundation for DHS's subsequent biennial risk assessments mandated by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 10 (HSPD-10). At the request of DHS, the National Research Council established the Committee on Methodological Improvements to the Department of Homeland Security's Biological Agent Risk Analysis to provide an independent, scientific peer review of the BTRA. The Committee found a number of shortcomings in the BTRA, including a failure to consider terrorists as intelligent adversaries in their models, unnecessary complexity in threat and consequence modeling and simulations, and a lack of focus on risk management. The Committee unanimously concluded that an improved BTRA is needed to provide a more credible foundation for risk-informed decision making.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Parnell, GS; Borio, LL; Brown, GG; Banks, D; Wilson, AG

Published Date

  • December 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 6 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 353 - 356

PubMed ID

  • 18976117

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1557-850X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1538-7135

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1089/bsp.2008.0930


  • eng