The only way to protect the United States from a biological attack is to institute prevention and response measures globally, a panel of experts told congressional staff members on Friday.
“If you think we can protect America by insulating America from biological attack, it’s nonsense, it can’t be done,” said Barry Kellman, president of the International Security and Biopolicy Institute at DePaul University College of Law. “We shouldn’t even be thinking that way.”
Managing the risk of a biological attack is a perpetual challenge in today’s world, said Kellman, who spoke at the second in a series of Center for a New American Security discussions on biological threats. Although U.S. policies provide real security benefits domestically, the programs need to be tweaked, expanded and exported, he said.
“Internationalize prevention policies,” Kellman said. “We need to think about what we are doing domestically that is effective and how we can take this and deal with what is inherently a global threat.”