American biodefense : how dangerous ideas about biological weapons shape national security / Frank L. Smith III.

By: Smith, Frank L., III, 1978- [author.]Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksCornell studies in security affairs: Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2014Description: 1 online resource (pages cm)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 0801455162; 9780801455162Subject(s): Biological warfare -- United States -- Safety measures | Biosecurity -- United States | National security -- United States | Civil defense -- United StatesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: American biodefenseDDC classification: 358/.384 LOC classification: UG447.8 | .S583 2014Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Introduction : American biodefense : from Boston to Baghdad -- Science and technology for national security : threats, interests, and ideas -- Stereotypical neglect : military research, development, and acquisition for biodefense -- Fatal assumptions : military doctrine -- An unlikely sponsor? : the rise of civilian biodefense -- Conclusion : biodefense and beyond : the influence of ideas on national security.
Summary: Biological weapons have threatened US national security since at least World War II. Historically, however, the US military has neglected research, development, acquisition, and doctrine for biodefense. Following September 11 and the anthrax letters of 2001, the United States started spending billions of dollars per year on medical countermeasures and biological detection systems. But most of this funding now comes from the Department of Health and Human Services rather than the Department of Defense. Why has the US military neglected biodefense and allowed civilian organizations to take the lead in defending the country against biological attacks? In American Biodefense, Frank L. Smith III addresses this puzzling and largely untold story about science, technology, and national security. Smith argues that organizational frames and stereotypes have caused both military neglect and the rise of civilian biodefense. In the armed services, influential ideas about kinetic warfare have undermined defense against biological warfare. The influence of these ideas on science and technology challenges the conventional wisdom that national security policy is driven by theats or bureaucratic interests. Given the ideas at work inside the US military, Smith explains how the lessons learned from biodefense can help solve other important problems that range from radiation weapons to cyber attacks--Front jacket flap.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction : American biodefense : from Boston to Baghdad -- Science and technology for national security : threats, interests, and ideas -- Stereotypical neglect : military research, development, and acquisition for biodefense -- Fatal assumptions : military doctrine -- An unlikely sponsor? : the rise of civilian biodefense -- Conclusion : biodefense and beyond : the influence of ideas on national security.

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Biological weapons have threatened US national security since at least World War II. Historically, however, the US military has neglected research, development, acquisition, and doctrine for biodefense. Following September 11 and the anthrax letters of 2001, the United States started spending billions of dollars per year on medical countermeasures and biological detection systems. But most of this funding now comes from the Department of Health and Human Services rather than the Department of Defense. Why has the US military neglected biodefense and allowed civilian organizations to take the lead in defending the country against biological attacks? In American Biodefense, Frank L. Smith III addresses this puzzling and largely untold story about science, technology, and national security. Smith argues that organizational frames and stereotypes have caused both military neglect and the rise of civilian biodefense. In the armed services, influential ideas about kinetic warfare have undermined defense against biological warfare. The influence of these ideas on science and technology challenges the conventional wisdom that national security policy is driven by theats or bureaucratic interests. Given the ideas at work inside the US military, Smith explains how the lessons learned from biodefense can help solve other important problems that range from radiation weapons to cyber attacks--Front jacket flap.

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Frank L. Smith III is a Lecturer with the Centre for International Security Studies in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney.

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