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.

Midterm Elections - Change Is Certain

by Martin Masiuk -

Preparedness to protect and respond against natural and man-made disasters still remains paramount. How will first responders, public health and borders/ports fare under new Congressional leadership? Will there be outreach or gridlock?

Dr. Michael G. Kurilla, Director of the Office of BioDefense Research Affairs and Associate Director for BioDefense Product Development, NIAID

by John Morton -

Kurilla's views on the Institute's biodefense research initiatives, current and potential bioterror threats, vaccine development, and treatments for radiological and nuclear exposure.

Detection Plus Inspection Equals Protection

by Martin Masiuk and Staff -

The race is not always to the swiftest, but in the field of WMD weapons it usually is on the side of nations willing to invest their time and talents to detect, deter, and eventually defeat WMD attacks launched by other nations.

All-Hazards Domestic Preparedness Professionals

by Martin Masiuk -

Last week's Mid-Atlantic All Hazards Forum in Baltimore was a major and productive event. It also was the likely harbinger of numerous similar conferences, involving all preparedness communities, in many other areas of the country.

DHS Funding. How Much Is Enough?

by James D. Hessman -

The Appropriations Bill signed into law last week was a major step forward. But it could be another case of too little and too late.