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

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Subject: Agriculture > Defense measures > United States.
Civil defense > United States.
Food industry and trade > Defense measures > United States.
Bioterrorism > United States > Prevention.
Bioterrorism > prevention & control > United States.
Agriculture > United States.
Civil Defense > United States.
Food Industry > United States.
Security Measures > United States.
Genre: Electronic books.
Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 0833035940
  • ISBN: 9780833035943
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 47 pages)
  • Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Rand Corp., 2004.

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General Note: "Prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense."
"MG-135-OSD"--Page 4 of cover.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 43-47).
Formatted Contents Note: Ch. 1. Introduction -- ch. 2. Vulnerability of U.S. agriculture to bio-attacks -- ch. 3. Potential impact of a major act of agroterrorism -- ch. 4. Policy recommendations.
Cover; Preface; Contents; Tables; Summary; Acknowledgments; Acronyms; CHAPTER ONE Introduction; CHAPTER TWO Vulnerability of U.S. Agriculture to Bio-Attacks; CHAPTER THREE Potential Impact of a Major Act of Agroterrorism; CHAPTER FOUR Policy Recommendations; Bibliography.
Summary: 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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