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The Shaping of United States Biodefense Posture, 2015

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  • The Shaping of United States Biodefense Posture, 2015

    The Shaping of United States Biodefense Posture, 2015

    Authored by Douglas Lewis, USAF Center for Unconventional Weapons Studies, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL 
    This work conducts a historical analysis utilizing a congruency/process tracing test designed to determine the level of influence that behaviors associated with three distinct theories have had over the U.S. biological program. The history of the program is examined for evidence of behaviors associated with organizational frames, realism, and bureaucratic politics. The author concludes that the U.S.military's focus on chemical defense has played a significant role in how biological defense concepts and equipment have been developed. However, other factors may have contributed to the development of biological defense doctrine and equipment at different points in time.

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