The Age of Bioengineered Viral Pandemics and Collapse

October, 2014
IDA document: D-5335
FFRDC: Systems and Analyses Center
Type: Documents
Division: Strategy, Forces and Resources Division
New technologies such as bioengineering could enable a small terrorist group, or even one dedicated individual, to modify and release a new virus that could cause both a pandemic and, as people react, a collapse in economic activity and possibly law and order. A host of experts says such bioengineered viral pandemics (BVP) are inevitable since it is increasingly easy to modify an existing pathogen to make it more lethal or transmissible. This article explains why this bleak coming “Age of BVP” is almost upon us.