Experts at Aspen forum address threat of bioterrorism

Homeland security experts gathered recently in Aspen, Colorado, to discuss new methods terrorists could use to thwart U.S defenses.

Mati Kochavi, the CEO for an international company that manufactures state-of-the-art security systems, told the that this is probably one of the first times in history where small, renegade organizations and terrorist cells have the power of destruction that was once only available to large nations.

Kochavi warned that, despite advances in the United States' methods of defense against biological, small-bomb and nuclear attacks, the government remains much to large to combat the speed that is utilized by terrorist organizations, which do not have to follow procedures and protocols.

Former U.S. Sen. Jim Talent, who currently studies the funding for Homeland Security issues, agreed.

Because of these dynamics, Talent told, it would not be hard for a small organization — one without much scientific capability — to assail the country with biological warfare.

“That threat is immediate,” Talent told “This is not 15 years from now,” he added, mentioning numbers in a recent study he conducted that placed a possible attack occurring in 2013.

One priority Congress has to put at the top of its list is to find a single person or organization to spearhead the Department of Homeland Security. He told reporters that Homeland Security now operates under a very disjointed bureaucracy comprised of more than 80 legislative committees and other bodies.

“There are a lot of holes,” Talent said.