A peer-reviewed article by Joel C. Spangenberg
A term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and former Navy surface warfare officer (nuclear) and subcommittee deputy staff director on the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Edited by Ed Peaco
Published in the online journal Inside Homeland Security, Summer 2014
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Despite the presence or promise of funding in the past, it has not been enough to identify, address, and fix root cause issues facing the Federal veterinary workforce. Fortunately luck has been on the nation’s side in that it has not had to face a major animal disease outbreak of the scale envisioned by experts or experienced by the U.K. This luck could run out at any moment. This leaves only willpower, armed with greater data and insight, as the prime motivator to make the changes that will prevent or at the very least mitigate the impact of animal disease outbreaks and other related threats to the homeland.