The other Manhattan project


State News

April 1, 2019 - 10:13 AM

The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility construction site in February. HARVEST PUBLIC MEDIA/BRIAN GRIMMETT/KCUR.ORG

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. This is the first in a three-part series examining the project.


Part I: The Complex

April 3, 2019
April 2, 2019
January 9, 2019
April 24, 2012