Weapons of mass destruction Paper

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Length and Font: 8 to 12 pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman font size 12.
Due: By the end of Week 10 Deadline Sunday, January 28, 11:59 PM
Description: You are to assume the identity of a staff officer in a U.S. Government counterterrorism organization (be specific about what your position and organization is). This project should be initiated by a specific intelligence report that informs your office of a high priority WMD threat. You must use a hypothetical scenario and then cope with that specific threat.

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Project Two Length and Font: 8 to 12 pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman font size 12. Due: By the end of Week 10 Deadline Sunday, January 28, 11:59 PM, submit in Module 5. Description: You are to assume the identity of a staff officer in a U.S. Government counterterrorism organization (be specific about what your position and organization is). This project should be initiated by a specific intelligence report that informs your office of a high priority WMD threat. You must use a hypothetical scenario and then cope with that specific threat. The introduction (not more than two paragraphs) should be a fictitious intelligence report outlining the threat in feasible detail (i.e. you will not have 100% information such as target, delivery system at the start). You are then to prepare an operations plan that explains how to cope with that threat. You may use a format that you are familiar with or develop one that communicates the plan to the said audience most effectively. It should include two parts: how to prevent the threat and how to react if the attack actually occurs. You should include how you will organize and what actions you will direct to cope with that specific threat. Is it an existing government organization or do you need to form a task force? With what agencies must you coordinate with and should be included in your plan? Consider local law enforcement, HAZMAT, and healthcare organizations. Consider the objectives and functions of agencies such as the CIA, FBI, NSA, FEMA, CDC, Governor’s office and related State offices. What requirements will you issue to intelligence agencies to get more information about the attack? What type of advance training will you need to prepare for the first responders and hospitals because it is a WMD attack? Also prepare a draft of what you will say to the media OR a media plan if the attack takes place to mitigate the fear factor of the attack. Include this in an appendix no longer than one page. Audience: An operations plan to submit to a superior authority in your agency or organization to be approved and circulated to representatives of all participating agencies, departments, and offices. Your project paper must be specific and not general. It should be directive in nature and not descriptive. In other words, you do not need to discuss or explain what the agencies and offices can do. You need to task them with what to do in this specific situation. References: Please integrate five different sources. Start with the most up-to-date version of the US National Response Framework. You need to carefully research the scenario and gather necessary prevention and response related information such as maps, projections, target area, and local law enforcement and hospital/healthcare capabilities. Similarly, you need to research your agent and understand the technicalities involved in response and decontamination. Format: This is not a routine academic paper since you will prepare it as a member of specific Government organization to be shared with other organizations, but you must format your work as an academic paper according to the H-PU APA Guidelines for Academic Papers and the APA example paper template, located under Course Resources. Write “Academic Simulation-For Educational Purposes Only” at the top and bottom headers of the project paper instead of the title. You should not include an abstract as the paper format is meant to communicate a plan and should not be written as a routine academic paper. Information should be clearly organized with appropriate use of headings and sub-headings. ...
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Running head: BIOWEAPON TERRORISM

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Prevention and Reaction to Bioterrorism
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BIOWEAPON TERRORISM

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Prevention and Reaction to Bioterrorism
Introduction
The new email received shows the intelligence information detailing a planned terrorist
attack in unknown locations in the United States. According to the intelligence information, the
planned attack will involve a weapon of mass destruction inform of bioterrorist attack. The type
of microbial agent to be used in the attack is still unknown according to the available
information. However, the genetically engineered strain of anthrax or smallpox is the suspected
microbial agents to be used by the terrorist. The intelligent information was obtained through a
fragment of communication message obtained by the ongoing FBI investigations. The
information obtained by the FBI investigation is not much detailed but have been determined to
be legitimate. Since the attack involves weapon of mass destruction whose potential effect is not
yet determine, the action plan for the threat is developed concerning the threat. The action plan
contains two parts which includes the operations to be done to prevent the threat and the
reactions by the authorities and civilians if the attack occurs. The assumed position is the
Director of FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
How to prevent bioterrorist threat
Sufficient Corporation between local agencies, federal government, medical community
and state is required for combating bioterrorist attack successfully. The leadership role is which
help in detection of biological attack, medical care provision, organizing funding and training is
played by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the CDC as well as the FEMA. Also,
coordination with the emergency response system will ensure proper management of the
situation.

BIOWEAPON TERRORISM

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Enhancement of diagnostic capabilities for the biological agent will be enabled by
provision of additional resources and training. The medical agencies such as CDC play an
important role in early detection of the suspected biological weapon agent used. Early medical
community response to start treating the exposed individuals and prevent more public exposure
by methods such as quarantine is facilitated by sooner detection of bioterrorist attack. The
military units and other law enforcement units such as CIA are provided with protective gear and
appropriate detection equipment by the government to facilitate their operations. The state
offices such as governors’ offices will make sure that the law enforcement units are provided
with the appropriate protective gear and detection equipment (Lakoff, 2008).
The government has allocated sufficient resources to the security agencies such as
National Security Agency (NSA), and FBI are allocated with necessary resources to investigate
the bioterrorism activities. The security agencies monitor specific potential bioterrorism attack
activities. The investigation also involves tracking activities related to manufacturing, trading
and diversion of bioterrorism biological agents and the bioterrorism agents’ precursors. The most
likely bioterrorism threat source,...

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