The Biological Threat Reduction Program of the Department of Defense: From Foreign Assistance to Sustainable Partnerships
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NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The members of the committee responsible for the report were chosen for their special competences and with regard for appropriate balance.
This study was supported by Contract No. DTRA01-02-D-003 between the National Academy of Sciences and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations or agencies that provided support for the project.
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COMMITTEE ON PREVENTION OF PROLIFERATION OF BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS
David R. Franz, Chair, Vice President and Chief Biological Scientist,
Midwest Research Institute
Gail H. Cassell, Vice President,
Scientific Affairs, and
Distinguished Lilly Research Scholar for Infectious Diseases,
Eli Lilly and Company
Timothy Endy, Associate Professor of Medicine,
State University of New York, Upstate Medical University
James W. LeDuc, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Chair in Global Health, and Associate Director,
Galveston National Laboratory, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Russ Zajtchuk, President,
Chicago Hospitals International
National Research Council Staff
Glenn E. Schweitzer, Director,
Office for Central Europe and Eurasia
Anne Harrington, Director,
Committee on International Security and Arms Control
Kelly Robbins, Senior Program Officer
Amy Moore Mercer, Program Associate
Of critical importance for this study effort have been the many discussions that committee members and staff have carried out with well-informed officials and scientific colleagues in the United States and abroad. The insights that were obtained during these discussions were essential in providing a basis for the views set forth in this report. Of special importance are the views expressed by a number of officials and specialists in the former Soviet Union who are familiar both with the activities of the Biological Threat Reduction Program (BTRP) and with the public health and agriculture challenges in the region. Many of their comments are included in chapters 2, 4, and 5 of the report.
The committee expresses its gratitude for the time that these many colleagues devoted to helping ensure that this report reflects a variety of views from specialists and observers who have been interested for many years in the types of activities of priority interest to BTRP.
This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report: Richard A. Berman, Manhattanville College; Jesse L. Goodman, U.S. Food and Drug Administration; John Hay, University at Buffalo; Christopher P. Howson, March of Dimes Foundation; Michael Moodie, independent consultant; Sue Partridge, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Kim Savit, Science Applications International Corporation and Denver University; and Richard L. Witter, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations, nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of the report was overseen by Mary Jane Osborn, University of Connecticut Health Center. Appointed by the National Academies, she was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.