Preparedness

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Is The Bird Flu Threat Still Real and Are We Prepared? [Rush Transcript; Federal News Service]

Speakers: Bruce Gellin and Michael Osterholm

Bruce Gellin and Michael Osterholm, with his recent article in Foreign Affairs article, “Unprepared for a Pandemic”, discuss the current state of pandemic influenza given the recent human deaths in Egypt how the virus has reemerged in birds in Asia . 

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Teaching Module

Teaching Module: America the Vulnerable: How Our Government Is Failing to Protect Us from Terrorism

Author: Stephen E. Flynn

Three years after September 11, the United States is still dangerously unprepared to prevent or respond to another attack on its soil. Faced with this threat, the United States should be operating on a wartime footing at home. But despite the many new security precautions that have been proposed, America’s most serious vulnerabilities remain ominously exposed.

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Foreign Affairs Article

Unprepared for a Pandemic

Author: Michael Osterholm

The need to prepare for an influenza pandemic has not yet sunk in, partly because disaster has not yet struck. But that good news could turn into very bad news if it leads to slacking off on necessary preparations today: although no one can predict when or how, a pandemic will occur for sure, and it will have implications far beyond its toll on human health.

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Audio

The Edge of Disaster (Audio)

Speaker: Stephen E. Flynn
Presider: Jeanne Meserve

Listen to Stephen Flynn, the Council's Jeane J. Kirkpatrick senior fellow for national security studies, discuss his comprehensive plan for mobilizing the American people to prepare for a safer future.

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Interview

Hamilton: In Five Years Since 9/11, United States Is 'Safer But Not Safe'

Lee H. Hamilton interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Lee H. Hamilton, the vice-chairman of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States (also known as the 9/11 Commission), says "I would agree with the general assessment that we are safer than we were prior to 9/11, but we are not safe." While he is concerned about better protecting the United States from weapons of mass destruction, he is greatly worried about bioterrorism and ordinary chemical weapons.

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