Good article on the bio weapons threat-
"A few days after 9/11, a retired Air Force colonel named Randall Larsen entered the northwest gate of the White House, crossed a courtyard to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, stepped through the front door and stopped dead in his tracks.
In place of the usual security checkpoint, there was an elaborate upgrade that included not only metal detectors but also machines to sniff out radiation and explosives, elaborate pat-downs and a mandatory search of all personal belongings. It was the search that worried Larsen most.
After passing through a body scan, he stood quietly while a guard thumbed through the contents of his briefcase. It was mostly books and papers, but after a few seconds, the agent pulled out a respirator mask and shot Larsen a quizzical look. Thats just for demonstration, Larsen said quickly. You saw Mayor Giuliani wear one at ground zero, right? The agent turned the mask over a few times, then stuffed it back in the briefcase. Seconds later, Larsen was through.
Inside the building, he followed a long corridor to a room where Vice President Dick Cheney and members of the national-security staff soon joined him. Also in the room were Tara OToole, who is now the Obama administrations top official for biodefense research at the Department of Homeland Security, and Thomas Inglesby, who runs the Center for Biosecurity. Three months earlier, Larsen, OToole and Inglesby collaborated on a national-security exercise to simulate the effects of a smallpox attack. Now, with the twin towers in ashes, they had come to brief the vice president on their findings.
As OToole began the presentation, Larsen studied Cheneys expression. The vice president showed no reaction as OToole listed the officials who participated in the simulation, the complications they encountered as they tried to develop an emergency response and the arguments that broke out as they watched the disease spread beyond control. She concluded by telling the vice president that the country was unprepared for a biological attack.
Cheney nodded. O.K., he said. But what are we looking for? What does a biological weapon look like?
At this, Larsen reached into his briefcase and pulled out a small test tube. Mr. Vice President, he said, it looks like this. Inside the tube was a weaponized powder of Bacillus globigii, almost genetically identical to anthrax. And by the way, Larsen said, I just smuggled this into your office.
Randall Larsen, who first smuggled a tube of weaponized powder into the meeting with Dick Cheney 10 years ago and went on to become the executive director of the Congressional Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction said: Today, there are more than two dozen Senate-confirmed individuals with some responsibility for biodefense. Not one person has it for a full-time job, and no one is in charge.