2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2011 17:43:30 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] BIODEFENSE: Pentagon shifts strategy
$1b effort yields no bioterror defenses
Mass. labs in line to join scaled-back Pentagon program

By Bryan Bender
Boston Globe
January 17, 2011

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is scaling back one of its largest efforts to develop treatments for troops and civilians infected in a germ warfare attack after a $1 billion, five-year program fell short of its primary goal.

Even the heavy infusion of research cash and a unified effort by university labs and biotech companies from Boston to California were insufficient to break through limitations of genetic science, according to government officials and specialists in biological terrorism.

Instead, the Pentagon's next $1 billion for the Transformational Medical Technologies program will focus on better ways to identify mutant versions of Ebola, Marburg, and other deadly viruses. Those are among the genetically modified agents that officials fear could be used by terrorists or rogue states against urban or military targets.


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