A Long Litany of Difficult Questions - But No Short and Easy Answers

by James D. Hessman -

DPJ's editor in chief comments on several important homeland-defense and national-security issues now in the news, and asks some relevant questions not usually addressed by the national media - and either evaded or ignored by the members of Congress.

Colonel Patrick Sharon, USA, Deputy Director, Joint Requirements Office for CBRN Defense

by John Morton -

Sharon discusses current CBRN projects, his office's support for the WMD-CSTs, the JRO role in technology experimentation, TIC/TIM threats, and the Joint Biological-Agent Detection System.

Homeland Security Begins at Home

by Steny Hoyer -

The House Majority Leader contrasts the President's failure to focus on homeland security in his State of the Union speech with the swift passage of House Resolution One & the Democratic Party's plans for a full package of implementing legislation later.

Pandemic Preparedness: The Driver for Most Suppliers

by John Morton -

Question: Is the United States prepared to deal with a biological-warfare attack? Answer: Not yet - but the nation's private-sector biotech labs are working closely with state, local, and federal governments to detect, prevent, and/or deal with an attack.

Realities of the Conflict Between Islam and Unbelief, by Shaykh Ayman al-Zawahiri

A manfesto. Reprinted as a reminder of the seriousness of the threat. Well worth the time to read.

The Highest Priority on the National-Security Agenda

by James D. Hessman -

The early and well-publicized House approval of homeland-security "implementing" legislation is an encouraging sign that the new Democratic majority has its priorities right. Many political and financial obstacles must still be overcome, though.

Admiral John O. Agwunobi, MD, MBA, MPH, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

by John Morton -

Pandemic preparedness activities, the department's Katrina/Rita response efforts, the need for an "all-hazards" planning and operational mindset, and the planning assistance now available to local health planners are among the numerous topics covered.

Scott J. Becker, Executive Director, Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL)

by John Morton -

His views on the need for improved rapid-response capabilities, the important roles played by "sentinel" and "reference" labs, and the technological breakthroughs projected in the APHL's Strategic Plan.

Michael Fraser, PhD, Deputy Executive Director, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

by John Morton -

An overview of NACCHO's work in bioterrorism, the plans being developed for a pandemic flu outbreak, and the need for communications upgrades across the board.

CDR Melissa Sanders, RD, Branch Chief, Hospital Bioterrorism Preparedness, Health Resources and Services (HRSA)

Her views on the need to expand hospital surge capacity, improve U.S. health care preparedness in general, and carry out additional emergency exercises and drills in all health disciplines.