Germs Don’t Vote

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Understanding the spectrum of domestic security threats is one thing, understanding how to effectively respond is another. Biological incidents pose a particular challenge for the US and will require engaging the American public as a first — not last — line of defense, according to Max Brooks, author of World War Z and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

‘When there is another outbreak, public education, public involvement is going to be as vital as any of the physical assets we have at our command,” said Brooks, who was speaking before a Hudson Institute blue-ribbon panel on biodefense earlier this month.

Getting ahead of such threats is imperative, and difficult. Notably, Brooks said, it will require bridging partisan gaps to put national security above politics. “Germs affect all of us. Germs don’t have voting records and party lines,” he said.