After the terrorist strikes on Sept. 11, the U.S. government vowed to do all it could to make Americans safer. However, a new report shows the U.S. lagging in key areas.
The 9/11 Commission, which made recommendations in the months following the attacks, says the country remains vulnerable. Former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson served on that panel that crafted a blueprint for national security.
Thompson says a decade after the attacks, more needs to be done. He spoke with Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford.
The federal government has provided millions of dollars to state and local governments to get them prepared to respond to the next 9/11.
In St. Louis and other regions across the country, the funds allowed fire departments to purchase equipment for all types of rescues and train their people to use the equipment. The requirements of the federal grants forced agencies to work together.
But federal funding dropped by more than 50 percent between fiscal years 2010 and 2011, and no one is sure how much money will be available for fiscal year 2012. And that’s raising some concerns about the sustainability of the region’s plan to respond to a mass disaster.
Soon after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, letters laced with anthrax started appearing in the U.S. mail, killing five people and sickening 17 others.
The incidents triggered a surge in research dedicated to preventing future bioterrorism attacks.
St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra spoke with Washington University virologist David Wang about his research on emerging infectious diseases, and how his work is helping to combat bioterrorism.