Intelligence, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism

October 17, 2019 10:15 am - 11:00 am

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Associate Professor Patrick F Walsh

Since 9/11, there has been an explosion in the biological sciences and biotechnology. Biotechnology can make better health, food and pharmaceutical products for the planet, but in some cases this technology also has a dual use function. This means it can also be exploited criminally and by terrorists.  This presentation summarises some of the key points that arose from my recent book: Intelligence, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism.

The book is written for intelligence analysts, and other security personnel, who don’t have a background in the biological sciences, but who want to understand emerging bio-threats and risks and how our intelligence communities can better meet the challenges they pose.  While our ICs have long dealt with bio-threats and risks (think WMD Iraq), their track record has not been good. I will argue in this presentation that all ICs need to do better organisationally to manage potential emerging bio-threats and risks.

The presentation suggest some ways improvements can be made, including working more closely with professionals in the security sector.