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Bioterror in the 21st Century: Emerging Threats in a New Global Environment by [Gerstein, Daniel M.]
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"Dan Gerstein has carefully and realistically set out the dangers of a terrorist biological attack in the 21st century. The threat is evolving, and the determination and motivations of modern terrorists makes such an attack more possible than ever. It is urgent that the United States and its citizens prepare and be emotionally prepared for such a catastrophe so that our certain reaction inflicts punishment on our enemies, and not on the liberties of all Americans. Dan Gerstein adds to the body of knowledge we need in this time of technological possibility and violent danger." ― James S. Gilmore III, Chairman, Gilmore Commission on Homeland Security, 1999-2003

"Dan Gerstein presents a thoughtful and balanced review of the terrorist threat and the potential of biotechnology to give terrorists a novel weapon. He reviews actions that the U.S. government has taken since 2001 and offers a sound process by which to develop and prioritize the necessary actions required to protect U.S. citizens from this threat. This book is a must read" for any serious homeland security policy analyst." ― Al Mauroni, author of Where are the WMDs? The Reality of Chem-Bio Threats on the Homefront and the Battlefield

"Daniel Gerstein has done the country a great service. In one all-inclusive volume he has addressed the most dangerous threat this nation faces. As Dr. Gerstein so clearly demonstrates, modern technology is rapidly putting the capability to create even the most deadly pathogens within the grasps of civilization's sworn enemies. For anyone interested in understanding the magnitude of the bioterror threat and what we can and must do the avert it, then this book is their first stop. If this country is to have any hope of averting a calamity that could rival the Black Plague in scope and lethality then it must heed the warnings so dramatically laid bare in this book." ― Jim Lacey, editor of The Canons of Jihad: Terrorists' Strategy for Defeating America

"This comprehensive analysis of bioterrorism could not be more timely. The book opens with the impact of globalization on the spread of infectious disease and the world witnesses the swine flu pandemic; it discusses medical problems as President Obama and the Congress struggle with health reform. Let us hope relevant political decision-makers and the medical community will read this important book." ― C.L. Gilbert MD, Professor of Medicine, George Washington University

About the Author

Daniel M. Gerstein is strategist and policy expert with a PhD in Biodefense. He has served in the security and defense fields in a variety of strategic and operational assignments dealing with national strategy, arms control, international negotiations, and conflict analysis. A resi­dent of Alexandria, VA, he is the author of Securing America's Future, Leading at the Speed of Light, and Assignment Pentagon.

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  • File Size: 1284 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (December 7, 2010)
  • Publication Date: December 7, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EPYEIG
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By Joel R. VINE VOICE on December 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
"Bioterror in the 21st Century" is an academic look at the likelihood of a bioterror event taking place on American soil. The author, Daniel Gerstein, is strategist and policy expert with a PhD in Biodefense. In this book, he presents a convincing case for the best course of action for American defense against bioterror.

Gerstein provides the reader with foundational information on two converging emergences of the 21st century. The first is `Globalization' or the ever increasing connectivity between the social, economic, and political elements of the nations around the world. According to Gerstein, this is "the result of advances in communication, transportation, and information technologies". Gerstein also provides a primer on `terrorism', a term that he claims can be traced back to the French Revolution. Later in the book, Gerstein categorizes terrorist ideology into three camps - traditional (ex. Al Qaeda); apocalyptic (Aum Shinrikyo); and waning (IRS). The philosophical differences in these groups will have profound effect in what they want to accomplish and what the American government should do to prepare for the inevitable.

Chapter two is a primer on Biotechnology and Biowarfare. Gerstein explains the difficulties in determining whether a program is for peaceful or nefarious purposes. He also explains the difficulties for the various terror groups to get their hands on the technology.

The next chapter looks at the current American national initiatives and policy in dealing with homeland security in the context of bioterror events. Gerstein also summarizes national level readiness exercises in responding to a national biological event.
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It was a college textbook. What more can I say.
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