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Quickly Noted: Biosecurity Blog

June 25, 2010

A couple of weeks ago, John Solomon posted on a new blog in our neck of the woods, the Biosecurity Blog. It’s written by Colonel Randall Larsen, USAF (Ret), who has, um, quite the resume:

[T]he chief executive officer of the WMD Center, a not-for-profit research organization he founded along with Senators Bob Graham (D-FL) and Jim Talent (R-MO). He also serves as the national security advisor at the Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a senior fellow at the Homeland Security Policy Institute, George Washington University. He previously served as the executive director of the Congressional Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, the founding director of The Institute for Homeland Security, and as the chairman of the Department of Military Strategy and Operations at the National War College, where in 1999 he created the nation’s first graduate course in homeland security.

The blog is occasionally updated (though I’m not really one to be throwing stones right now), but with excellent content from someone who knows what they’re talking about.

My favorite post so far? Who Will Be the Thad Allen for a Bio Response? (Adm. Thad Allen has been running the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response effort) You’ll remember that there was some consternation over who was running the H1N1 response when Secretary Napolitano spoke sometimes while Secretary Sebelius took the lead later. While the commenters on the post seem to dismiss the idea that the media would be asking for the “buck-stopper,” I think that the same questions would be asked during a bioterror event. Unified Command is nice to say in an EOC, but as Gerald Baron has been reminding us, those who write the news have no idea what that means and will look for someone who will forcefully say, “The buck stops here.”

That said, welcome to the blogosphere, Colonel.

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