Bipartisan WMD Research Center established

The year long extension granted to the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism is set to expire soon and is not expected to be renewed.

The commission was authorized by Congress in 2008 as a means of assessing the nation's efforts in preventing the use of weapons of mass destruction. Chaired by former Senator Bob Graham, D-Fla., and former Senator Jim Talent, R-Mo., the commission released its original report in late 2008.

The extension was granted to allow for the production of a report card on the government's progress, which was released in January of this year.

Talent and Graham, though, along with other members of staff, have formed the Bipartisan WMD Research Center, a nonprofit.

“We’re not a lame duck. We’re not going away,” Retired Air Force Col. Randall J. Larsen, who served as the commission’s executive director, told a Women in Defense gathering in Arlington, Va., reported.
The focus of the Bipartisan WMD Research Center will be on bioterrorism, which the commission gave the United States an "F" on for its efforts to enhance the capabilities for rapid response in the prevention of biological attacks from inflicting mass casualties.

The nonprofit will focus on preparedness, especially the nation's need to gain the ability to quickly diagnose and detect a bioattack, improve its vaccine stockpiles and ensure that hospitals are prepared for the potential influx of patients.