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Author Chalk, Peter.

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

Imprint Santa Monica, CA : Rand Corp., 2004.

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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 47 pages)
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Note "Prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense."
"MG-135-OSD"--Page 4 of cover.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 43-47).
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.
Contents 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.
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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.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Added Author United States. Department of Defense. Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Added Title Potential threat of deliberate biological attacks against the U.S. agricultural and food industry
Other Form: Print version: Chalk, Peter. Hitting America's soft underbelly. Santa Monica, CA : Rand Corp., 2004 0833035223 (DLC) 2003026834 (OCoLC)53900640
ISBN 0833035940 (electronic bk.)
9780833035943 (electronic bk.)