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Title:

Funding for Nuclear Consequence Management–Related Programs: FY2012-FY2013

Authors:
Tara Kirk Sell, Crystal Franco
Date posted:
December 05, 2012
Publication type:
Article
Publication:

Biosecur Bioterror 2012;10(4):417-419

Publisher:
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
DOI:
10.1089/bsp.2012.0044
Availability:
Open access
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Introduction:

Nuclear terrorism has been judged by the US government, international governments, and international nongovernment experts to be a serious threat.1-3 Although the consequences of a nuclear detonation could be catastrophic, preparations made ahead of time can greatly reduce the lives lost and increase the country’s resilience in such an event. This brief analysis illustrates the level of funding for nuclear consequence management within the larger nuclear weapons complex.

The US government is undertaking important and necessary efforts to prevent nuclear terrorism. However, should prevention fail, the nation must also be prepared to manage the consequences of a nuclear event. Rapid response, citizen preparedness, readiness to handle medical needs, and other incident management programs could save tens or hundreds of thousands of lives if a nuclear event were to occur.

 

 

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