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Unformatted text preview: DM576Week4 Assignment DM576 Prepare a five (5) page paper on how the U.S. is preparing to deal with terrorist acts against environmental/agricultural targets. Include any references or web sites used to obtain your information. In your opinion, which environmental target is most susceptible to terrorist attack and by which means/methods? A terrorist attack towards our environmental resources specially plants and livestock’s would cause death, economical damage, and the loss of confidence in the food sold in our country. Our country vulnerability are very high, there are large amounts of biological, chemical, and many other toxins available for easy manufacturing, or simply obtained from many internet sites – “pathogens and toxins and chemicals readily available, information on the Internet, manufacturing easy, delivery devices are minimal and widely available.” (1) The U.S Agriculture and food supplies systems have many soft sides that can be attacked, because we have a very large populations at risk in small areas, our structures, size and integration of the market promote rapid distribution of food commodities, and a successful attack to these assets can bring serious consequences to the ones affected, and also it is necessary to say that economical damage also will hurt the attacked population. (1) The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are collaborating with private industry and many States in a joint initiative viewing the development of effective measures designated to protect our agricultural assets. (2) This plan is called, the Strategic Partnership Program Agroterrorism (SPPA) Initiative. “The SPPA Initiative will be a true partnership program, where an industry member or trade association or State may volunteer to participate. To volunteer, the industry or State member must submit a completed response form.” (2) The program objectives will validate or identify sector-wide vulnerabilities by conducting critical infrastructure/key resources (CI/KR) assessments in order to: - “Identify gaps; Inform Centers of Excellence and Sector Specific Agencies...
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