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The Other Manhattan Project

The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility construction site in February 2019.
The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility construction site in February 2019.

In the wake of Sept. 11, federal officials said the United States needed a new, state-of-the-art facility to defend against bioterrorism and stop diseases that could devastate the country’s farm economy and threaten human lives. They chose Manhattan, Kansas, as the site of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. 

The plan was to have it up and running last year. But that date has fallen ever deeper into the future. At best, it’ll open in 2022, at a price that surpasses the original budget by $800 million.

Part I: The Complex by Laura ZieglerPart II: The Research by Brian GrimmettPart III: The Community by Laura Ziegler

The Other Manhattan Project
The Other Manhattan Project

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