Report card expected soon on nation's biopreparedness

The chair and vice chair of the bipartisan Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism have announced that they will release a report card next week on the government's ability to protect the United States in the event of a terror attack or WMD.

Former Senator Bob Graham (D-FL) and former Senator Jim Talent (R-MO), chair and vice chair, respectively, will issue the much anticipated report following the recent Christmas day bombing attempt, an event that experts say underscores the urgent threat of terrorism to the United States.

Graham and Talent's report card will assess progress made by the U.S. government in the areas of biological threats, nuclear weapons proliferation, government reform and citizen participation.

As part of the unveiling of the commission's report card, Carie Lemack of the Families of September 11 will be included. Families of September 11's advocacy has led to the creation of the WMD Commission and has aided in ensuring that the United States learns the lessons of previous terror attacks.

Congress created the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism to address the grave threat posed to the United States by the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. It has identified 13 recommendations consisting of 49 actions in its World At Risk report that is says would change the trajectory of risk of terror threats.