Johnson_Progress Review CBRN.docx - CBRN Threats to the Homeland Progress Assignment Damon L Johnson Stu 5792648 American Military University HLSS212 17

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CBRN Threats to the Homeland Progress Assignment Damon L. Johnson, Stu# 5792648 American Military University HLSS212 17 October 2019
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Introduction This paper is intended to demonstrate understanding of and answer five specific questions. Question one is selecting and describing five characteristics of U.S. agricultural and food industries, the threat agents which could impact them, along with how those characteristics increase our risk. Question two will answer which radioactive material was used to kill Alex Litvinenko in November, 2006, how the investigation developed between 2007 through 2016, and if the British authorities have a theory on who ordered his death. Question three will delve into how former President Obama’s statement from 2010 on threats to the US, impact our current U.S. national security, and what changes I would make to, to U.S. national security, to reduce the likelihood of a terror organization obtaining a nuclear weapon, if I were President. Question four, required viewing the video “Iran Nuclear Deal”, and providing one perspective from each side of the argument. Then support our responses with references explaining the rationale for each side of the debate. Question five, asked for the student’s opinion on the threat of rogue nations with nuclear weapons and the possibility of them providing those weapons to non-state actors, and answering whether this is a concern or a line that nation states are not willing to cross. Question #1 While researching the five characteristics of U.S. agricultural and food industries, I found the best representation to come from Chalk and his multiple sources of information. In 2005, Chalk stated, “the five characteristics are the Concentrated and Intensive Nature of Contemporary US Farming Practices, the Increased Disease Susceptibility of Livestock, Insufficient Farm/Food-Related Security and Surveillance, Inefficient Passive Disease Reporting System, and Inappropriate Veterinarian and Diagnostic Training” (Chalk, 2005).
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With the way that we grow our fruits and vegetables and raise meat products in the U.S., one would find most farms in rural, moreover extremely rural areas, which are susceptible to possible terror attacks. The FDA uses the acronym CARVER which means Criticality, Accessibility, Recuperability, Vulnerability, Effect, and Recognizability (FDA, 2007), to identify these vulnerable sites. Farmland is what makes up the bulk of the middle of the continental U.S. Our farms and our food sources are not only critical to our food supply, but also to a good majority of the world. They are easily accessible and vulnerable, with minimal security. Primarily, the security is to prevent theft, not sabotage (Chalk, 2003). There are vast sections of farmland dedicated to not only corn, sorghum, maze, wheat, and soybeans but also grazing land for sheep, goats, and cattle. Some cows are started on grassland but finished in feedlots so that they get to market weight quicker. Raising crops and animals for profit, isn’t necessarily a dynamic cash yielding venture.
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