The Bipartisan WMD Terrorism Research Center (The WMD Center) is a not-for-profit 501c3 research and education organization founded in March 2010 by the chair, vice chair, and executive director of the Congressional Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism.
- To assist government and private sector leaders better understand the unique threats and challenges of bioterrorism and the actions required for effective response should deterrence and prevention fail
- To serve as an honest broker between government and the American public to ensure individual, community, and national progress in strengthening the nation’s collective response capabilities
- To improve capability to respond to bioterrorism to a degree that, in effect, removes bioterrorism from the category of weapons of mass destruction
- To strengthen overall public health and medical care delivery systems to respond to a wide range of natural and man-made disasters
- To keep America on the leading edge of the biotechnical revolution
- Conduct research and provide expert counsel to senior leaders in the public and private sectors
- Provide educational programs for federal, state and local government officials, business and community leaders, professional associations, and members of the press
- Serve as a strategic leader and integrator of the private-sector biodefense community
- Provide an end-to-end assessment of America’s bio-response capabilities, to be published as an October 2011 report card.