Aight. My favorite case of the year. The basic premise is that biological attack is an international threat because diseases transcend borders. If you don't nip an attack in the bud, it spreads and impacts other countries. Protect Russia, protect America.
Russia has a little problem with terrorists. They actually have more terrorist attacks than we do. Moreover, their terrorists are substantially more sophisticated and thus dangerous. There have been chemical attacks, terrorists caught with or attempting to steal WMD materials, and known biological operations. These guys are nasty. The problem is that if Russia is ever attacked with biological agents like Small Pox or Plague, the disease would spread to America within a matter of days. We would become collateral damage of an attack. The plan expands an early warning program under CTR to monitor Russian nodes of transportation, commerce, and population in order to provide the US with early warning.
You have access to 1 harm. Fortunately, it is the biggest harm there is: Biological attack. Quite simply, biological attack is the biggest threat in the world. A terrorist with a nuke, crazy Iran with a nuke, full blown World War 3 would not be as bad as a smallpox attack. The disease would spread, killing millions, and leaving the survivors sterile. It would be undetectable: as simple as opening a vial in a subway or coughing on someone. The attack is silent, deadly, unstoppable, and has the potential to kill in the order of billions of people if it got going.
Here's where the case becomes really good, IMO. The US has an epic program called Bio-Watch, which is a system of integrated sensors that can literally smell the disease in the air. This might not sound big, but it is. It's the difference between diagnosing and understand the attack as it happens, and waiting until people check in to the hospital and die. As it stands, if Russia was hit with smallpox, they wouldn't even know until someone was diagnosed in the hospital a week after the attack. Bio-Watch lets us know as it happens. Real Time vs 1 week delay. That's big because it allows us to begin vaccinations, quarantines, and other programs to counter the spread right away, instead of once it's too late.
It's specific to Russia because Russia is the only country that faces such a high-tech and developed terror threat. If a bio-terror attack happens, it will happen in Russia.
I haven't heard any yet. No joke.
Small Pox. It floats into Mordor.