Development of a Threat Assessment Framework Applicable to Dual Use Biotechnology: Results of a Study to Determine the Feasibility, Applicability and Potential Design of a Threat Assessment Framework Concept


  1. Makosky, L.
  2. Stephen, E.R.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Ottawa Ont (CAN);InterQuest, Ottawa Ont (CAN)
Following the 2006 National Forum on Dual Use Biotechnology, it was clear that a Canadian strategy and policy would be needed to provide guidance and leadership on this issue within Canada and to support Canadian advocacy and positions in international fora. It was also suggested that certain advisory, analytical and decision making tools and reference frameworks would be needed to support such a Canadian approach and among them, the idea of a threat assessment aid was raised. With this context, Defence Research and Development Canada decided to pursue the idea through a commissioned study that would consider the feasibility, applicability and potential design of a Threat Assessment Framework (TAF) concept. The study would scan current developments and trends in the governance and management of dual use biotechnology, identify the core issues that need to be addressed in such a threat assessment framework, explore core elements for the framework, and if deemed feasible, undertake a preliminary concept development for the framework.
Report Number
DRDC-CORPORATE-CR-2007-003 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Apr 2007
Number of Pages
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