WMD & CBRN Terrorism Congressional Testimonies Archive

Bioterrorism and Pandemic Influenza: Are We Prepared? (PDF)

May 23, 2006

Neither bioterrorism nor pandemic influenza is a challenge for the federal government alone. It is at the state and local level that the rubber will truly meet the road, and it would be folly to try to micromanage these matters from Washington. What federal leaders can and should offer, however, is clear guidance to their partners at the tip of the spear, including hospitals and healthcare providers.

Preventing Terrorist Attacks on America's Chemical Plants (PDF)

June 15, 2005

We must also not limit ourselves by looking at the chemical industry in isolation—as many of the issues we face in this sector are relevant to protecting critical infrastructure writ large. Homeland security requires a multifaceted strategy to prevent, protect against and respond to 21st century threats.

Combating Terrorism: Developing Effective Strategies Against Terrorism (PDF)

February 03, 2004

We must remember that we do not face a single, geographically anchored enemy but a myriad of threats, smaller in magnitude and harder to see and counter. A successful overall national strategy to combat these ambiguous, amorphous, moving targets must be flexible, comprehensive, and coordinated.

The Threat of Bioterrorism and the Spread of Infectious Diseases (PDF)

September 05, 2001

While the likelihood of a catastrophic biological weapon attack on the U.S. homeland remains relatively low in the foreseeable future, the consequences are too high to be ignored. As a general matter, we need to approach this problem holistically. We must strike the proper balance between protecting our citizens and preserving our liberties and must not destroy our way of life in an effort to save it.

Combating Terrorism: Options To Improve The Federal Response (PDF)

April 24, 2001

The United States is now at a crossroads. While credit must be given where it is due, the time has come for cold-eyed assessment and evaluation, and the recognition that we do not presently have - but are in genuine need of - a comprehensive strategy for countering the threat of terrorism and the larger challenges of homeland defense.

Combating Terrorism: In Search of a National Strategy (PDF)

March 27, 2001

When critically evaluating our current state of preparedness, it is important to adopt a balanced viewpoint - that is, a perspective which appreciates both how we far we have come already and just how far we have yet to go.