Hudson Institute releases report on biodefense preparedness

The Hudson Institute recently announced the release of “A National Blueprint for Biodefense: Leadership and Major Reform Needed to Optimize Efforts."  

The Hudson Institute was one of the sponsoring organizations for the report from the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense. Within the report, the panel details recommendations for policy, legislation, program and budgetary actions that would benefit the preparedness efforts of the U.S. against biological threats. Among the panel’s suggestions was the establishment of a national commission on bioterrorism.

The report was unveiled on Oct. 28 at the Reserve Officers Club in Washington D.C. by former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, Hudson Institute President Kenneth Weinstein, and former Sen. Joseph Lieberman.

Following the release of the report, both Ridge and Lieberman testified to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs as they discussed the recommendations that had been made.

Individuals who contributed to the report included Hudson Senior Vice President Lewis Libby, who previously served in the Pentagon; Hudson distinguished fellow and former congressman and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Mike Rogers; and Hudson adjunct fellow Tevi Troy, a former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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