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Advances in Biological and Chemical Terrorism Countermeasures

1st Edition

Edited by Ronald J. Kendall, Steven M. Presley, Galen P. Austin, Philip N. Smith

CRC Press

314 pages | 23 Color Illus. | 51 B/W Illus.

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Description

Biological and chemical weapons are a growing terrorist threat to the United States and other nations and countermeasures continue to evolve as a national and global priority issue. To keep up with this rapidly changing and vital field we must establish the current state-of-the-science on countermeasures to form a platform from which to offer perspectives, policies, and procedures that will assist the United States and other nations to defend themselves from future threats.

An up-to-date assessment of the technologies and strategies for providing countermeasures to biological and chemical terrorism, Advances in Biological and Chemical Terrorism Countermeasures integrates vastly disparate disciplines, calling on authors that are directly and currently involved in the research to present their own data as well as their educated opinions and advice. It draws heavily on the findings and conclusions from research conducted through the Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr. National Program for Countermeasures to Biological and Chemical Threats, which is partially funded through the U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command.

This book focuses on four general areas of research: modeling, simulation, and visualization; environmental protection; personal protection and therapeutics; and the mechanistic and toxic effects of weapons. Individual chapters discuss the relationship between risk and vulnerability, threat agent dispersal through the environment, threat agent sensor development, the use of phage display for detection and therapeutic intervention, and an overview of recognized threats and their toxic effects.

Heavily referenced, this science-based work is an excellent tool to assist military and homeland security personnel and first responders to improve their ability to develop and implement countermeasures to the potential biological and chemical threat agents that continue to emerge.

Table of Contents

State of the Science: Background, History, and Current Threats, S.M. Presley, C.B. Pepper, G.P. Austin, and R.J. Kendall

Threats and Vulnerabilities Associated with Biological and Chemical Terrorism, S.M. Presley, G.P. Austin, P.N. Smith, and R.J. Kendall

Predicting and Characterizing Threat Transport, J.W. Leggoe, C. Chang, S.B. Cox, S.M. Presley, and R. Zartman

Assessment Strategies for Environmental Protection from Chemical and Biological Threats, R. Zartman, C. Chang, G.P. Cobb, J.A. Fralick, and S.M. Presley

Chemical Threat Agent-Induced Latent (Delayed) Neurodegeneration, J. Strahlendorf and H. Strahlendorf

Sensing Biological and Chemical Threat Agents, G. Coimbatore, S.M. Presley, J. Boyd, E.J. Marsland, and G.P. Cobb

Phage Display and Its Application for the Detection and Therapeutic Intervention of Biological Threat Agents, J.A. Fralick, P. Chadha-Mohanty, and Guigen Li

Personnel Protective Fabric Technologies for Chemical Countermeasures, S. Ramkumar, U. Sata, and M. Hussain

Pathogenic and Toxic Effects of Select Biological Threat Agents, J.S. Wang

Conclusions and Research Needs for the Future, R.J. Kendall, G.P. Austin, C. Chang, G.P. Cobb, G. Coimbatore, S.B. Cox, J.A. Fralick, J.W. Leggoe, S.M. Presley, S.S. Ramkumar, P.N. Smith, J.C. Strahlendorf, and R.E. Zartman

Glossary

Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW041000
LAW / Forensic Science
SCI026000
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
SOC040000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disasters & Disaster Relief