Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Plans for Protection against Agricultural Terrorism

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Plans for Protection against Agricultural Terrorism

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Through its Science and Technology Division, the Department of Homeland Security is harnessing the nation's scientific knowledge to protect against agricultural terrorism in the following ways:

* On June 1, 2003, the Science and Technology Division assumed responsibility for the operation of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) in New York. PIADC, which was previously a part of USDA, conducts research to protect livestock across America from high-consequence foreign-animal diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease.

* The National Biodefense Analysis Countermeasures Center was established with an interim capability at Ft. Detrick Army base near Washington, D.C. Additional operations are taking place at the Department of Energy National Laboratories and other government laboratories. The center serves three main functions: 1) it provides scientific assessment of emerging biological threats both to people and to agriculture; 2) in partnership with the FBI, it establishes a new national capability for performing forensic analyses on bioterror events; and 3) it works with PIADC on research to help defend against agroterrorism.

* To facilitate involvement of the academic community, the Department of Homeland Security has established universitybased Homeland Security Centers of Excellence (HS-Centers) to attract and retain the nation's best and brightest academic scholars. …

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