Texas Tech Researchers Author Textbook on Terrorism Countermeasures
July 18, 2008
A collaborative book designed to help develop and implement effective countermeasures
to biological and chemical threats.
Texas Tech University and
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center have assembled a textbook that describes
the progress and lessons learned from more than five years of biological and chemical
The book, “Advances in Biological and Chemical Terrorism Countermeasures,” was edited
by Ronald J. Kendall, Steven M. Presley, Galen P. Austin and Philip N. Smith with
the Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Jr. National Program for Countermeasures to Biological
and Chemical Threats at The Institute of Environmental and Human Health.
“This science-based work is an excellent tool to assist military and homeland security
personnel and first responders to improve their ability to develop and implement
countermeasures to potential biological and chemical threat agents that continue
to emerge,” said Kendall, director for the institute. “We believe this book will
be of great value to the professionals who are working in these areas to make our
The book provides an overview of recognized threats and their toxic effects and examines
how these threats are dispersed through the environment. Also, it describes development
of sensors for detecting threats and environmental protection, personal protection
and the relationship between risk and vulnerability to establish the measure of threat.
Taylor & Francis/CRC Press published the book. Funding support for the book came
from the U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command.