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Classified Look at U.S. Biodefense Nearly Finished

Senior White House officials are nearing completion of a classified “Biodefense End-to-End Assessment” that systematically catalogues the gaps in the nation’s safeguards against biological attack and begins to develop strategies for filling them, say bioterrorism experts in and out of government. The effort is being spearheaded by retired Gen. John Gordon, President Bush’s homeland security adviser, who surveyed domestic security “from 30,000 feet,” said one administration aide, with the intention of better prioritizing nearly $6 billion in annual biodefense spending. The White House timed completion of the assessment to the budget process, intending to shift more money to areas of weakness or projects that hold special promise of improving security. A few people said Bush may also tout the project in his State of the Union address next month. Full Story

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