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Title Department of Homeland Security bioterrorism risk assessment : a call for change
Published Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 157 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction -- The critical contribution of risk analysis to risk management and reduction of bioterrorism risk -- Description and analysis of the Department of Homeland Security's biological threat risk assessment of 2006 -- Department of Homeland Security decision requirements for risk management -- Risk assessment for unknown and engineered biothreat agents -- Improving bioterrorism consequence assessment -- Improving the Department of Homeland Security's biological threat risk assessment and adding risk management
Summary "The mission of Department of Homeland Security Bioterrorism Risk Assessment: A Call for Change, the new book from the National Research Council, is to independently and scientifically review the methodology that led to the 2006 Department of Homeland Security report, Bioterrorism Risk Assessment (BTRA) and provide a foundation for future updates. This book identifies a number of fundamental concerns with the BTRA of 2006, ranging from mathematical and statistical mistakes that have corrupted results, to unnecessarily complicated probability models and models with fidelity far exceeding existing data, to more basic questions about how terrorist behavior should be modeled. Rather than merely criticizing what was done in the BTRA of 2006, this new NRC book consults outside experts and collects a number of proposed alternatives that could improve DHS's ability to assess potential terrorist behavior as a key element of risk-informed decision making, and it explains these alternatives in the specific context of the BTRA and the bioterrorism threat."--Publisher's website
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Print version record
Subject United States. Department of Homeland Security.
Bioterrorism -- Mathematical models.
Bioterrorism -- Risk assessment.
Form Electronic book
Author National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Methodological Improvements to the Department of Homeland Security's Biological Agent Risk Analysis.
ISBN 0309120292 (electronic bk.)
9780309120296 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Bioterrorism risk assessment