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Instructions

Conduct a search using the CSU Online Library, and locate an article that focuses on biological agents. The article you select must be at least three pages in length and no more than 8 years old. Create an article critique in which you summarize and critique the contents of the article, and respond to the prompts below.

What is the author’s main point?

Who is the author’s intended audience?

Do the author’s arguments support the main point?

Why is it important to understand the importance of biological weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and their proliferation by terror organizations?

Discuss biological agents, their effectiveness, and how they are disseminated.

How can homeland security strategies and technology protect citizens from biological WMDs?

Discuss the mitigation strategies of biological agents and the federal agencies that provide oversight.

How can the U.S. government inform citizens about biological agents and encourage citizens to become a part of the homeland security strategy?

UNIT IV STUDY GUIDE
Biological Agents
Course Learning Outcomes for Unit IV
Upon completion of this unit, students should be able to:
2. Characterize the types of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).
2.1 Discuss biological agents, their effectiveness, and how they are disseminated.
4. Examine how the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) impacts society.
4.1 Discuss the proliferation of biological agents by terror organizations.
4.2 Discuss the mitigation strategies of biological agents and the federal agencies that provide
oversight.
Course/Unit
Learning Outcomes
2.1
4.1
4.2
Learning Activity
Unit Lesson
Chapter 4, pp. 103–134
Article: “Potential Biological Weapons Threats”
Article: “Public Health Assessment of Potential Biological Terrorism Agents”
Article: “Agroterrorism: Why We’re Not Ready: A Look at the Role of Law
Enforcement”
Article: “Educating the Next Generation to Respond to a Bioterrorism Event”
Unit IV Article Critique
Unit Lesson
Chapter 4, pp. 103–134
Article: “Potential Biological Weapons Threats”
Article: “Public Health Assessment of Potential Biological Terrorism Agents”
Article: “Agroterrorism: Why We’re Not Ready: A Look at the Role of Law
Enforcement”
Article: “Educating the Next Generation to Respond to a Bioterrorism Event”
Unit IV Article Critique
Unit Lesson
Chapter 4, pp. 103–134
Article: “Potential Biological Weapons Threats”
Article: “Public Health Assessment of Potential Biological Terrorism Agents”
Article: “Agroterrorism: Why We’re Not Ready: A Look at the Role of Law
Enforcement”
Article: “Educating the Next Generation to Respond to a Bioterrorism Event”
Unit IV Article Critique
Required Unit Resources
Chapter 4: Biological Agents, pp. 103–134
In order to access the following resources, click the links below.
Kortepeter, M. G., & Parker, G. W. (1999). Potential biological weapons threats. Emerging Infectious
Diseases, 5(4), 523–527. https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/5/4/99-0411_article
Rotz, L. D., Khan, A. S., Lillibridge, S. R., Ostroff, S. M., & Hughes, J. M. (2002). Public health assessment of
potential biological terrorism agents. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 8(2), 225–230.
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/8/2/01-0164_article
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Schmitt, G. R. (2007, June 1). Agroterrorism: Why we’re not ready: A look at the
rolex of
law enforcement.
UNIT
STUDY
GUIDE
National Institute of Justice Journal, 257. https://nij.gov/journals/257/pages/agroterrorism.aspx
Title
Sobel, A. L., & Fisher, B. M. (2012, October). Educating the next generation to respond to a bioterrorism
event. Leadership & Management in Engineering, 12(4), 324–329.
https://libraryresources.columbiasouthern.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direc
t=true&db=bsu&AN=82214033&site=ehost-live&scope=site
Unit Lesson
The content for this unit lesson is presented through PowerPoint with audio below. On each slide, click
on the audio icon to play the audio. You can refer to these lessons as needed.
Unit IV Presentation
PDF version of Unit IV
Presentation
Suggested Unit Resources
In order to access the following resources, click the links below.
The following article may assist you in preparing your final research paper by providing an analysis of how
experts assess bioterrorism threats to national security. The article also presents ways to restrict terrorist
organizations’ access to biological weapons.
Atlas, R. M. (1999, June). Combating the threat of biowarfare and bioterrorism. Bioscience, 49(6), 465.
https://libraryresources.columbiasouthern.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direc
t=true&db=asn&AN=1855525&site=ehost-live&scope=site
The following video takes a closer look at the use of bioresearch by terrorist organizations. The transcript for
this video can be found by clicking on “Transcript” in the gray bar to the right of the video in the Films on
Demand database.
Digital Classics Distribution (Producer). (1999). Biological weapons in the hands of terrorists (Segment 10 of
10) [Video]. In Bioterror: The invisible threat. Films on Demand.
https://libraryresources.columbiasouthern.edu/login?auth=CAS&url=https://fod.infobase.com/PortalPl
aylists.aspx?wID=273866&xtid=31452&loid=45440
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The following article analyzes different models for judging likeliness of terroristUNIT
targets.
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Title
Ezell, B. C., Berh, J., & Collins, A. (2012, January). Identifying factors that influence terrorist decisions and
target selection. Journal of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, 9(1), 1–5.
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t=true&db=tsh&AN=78277333&site=ehost-live&scope=site
Access the following video for a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) discussion on bioterrorism. The
transcript for this video can be found beneath the video on the webpage.
Federal Bureau of Investigation. (n.d.). Law enforcement and the National Security Branch [Video].
https://www.fbi.gov/video-repository/newss-law-enforcement-and-the-national-security-branch/view
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