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Silo thinking in vaccine stockpiling persists

"Lt. Col. Thomas Rempfer’s course paper in Technology for Homeland Security may not have translated into an applicable policy or practice in the field. It did, however, expose the “silo” thinking that plagues many agencies that are tasked with homeland security responsibilities in the United States.  ... Significantly, the FBI also recently finalized its findings, corroborating Rempfer’s research."

The Anthrax Vaccine: A Dilemma for Homeland Security, May 2009

ABSTRACT: Past problems with the Department of Defense anthrax vaccine currently impact Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services policy. Following the 2001 anthrax letter attacks, those departments included the old anthrax vaccine in the Strategic National Stockpile. This article explores the Department of Defense’s experience with the vaccine, enumerating past safety, efficacy, regulatory, and legal problems. Public health policy alternative courses of action are suggested, including use of antibiotics and development of a new vaccine.


request of the President

Correct military records of any Service member

punished over the illegal anthrax vaccine program