Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior Editor
To the Editor: The vulnerability of the United States to a bioterrorist event causing many thousands, even millions, of casualties has been discussed for more than 10 years.1 Since that time, the United States has done little to improve intelligence capabilities, to develop technological devices to provide early detection of an attack, to deploy defensive weapons systems, to stockpile decontaminants, medical supplies, and drugs, to provide civilian shelters or safe rooms, to enhance public health laboratories and add surge capability, or to train citizens in ways to protect themselves.
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