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Biological, chemical and nuclear terrorist attacks; extreme weather events; and naturally occurring emerging infectious diseases all pose national security threats unbounded by state, country and regional borders. The Department of Defense uses global biosurveillance networks to identify and track such threats and to help defend the nation.


Army Col. Paul Keiser, director of Walter Reed Army Institute of Research’s Viral Diseases branch, holds one of the insectary’s mosquito habitats at WRAIR

DoD Vaccine Research Saves Military, Civilian Lives

Americans rely on the U.S. military to keep them safe from humans who would do them harm. What they might not know is that some service members work around the clock to protect them from microscopic bad guys, as well. Story


Human Trials Begin for Army-Developed Zika Vaccine

A clinical trial began at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, where 75 participating healthy adults were vaccinated with a Zika virus vaccine that the institute’s scientists developed earlier this year. Story

A digitally-colorized transmission electron micrograph of Zika virus.

Army Researchers, Sanofi Pasteur to Co-Develop Zika Virus Vaccine

The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the vaccines division of Sanofi Pasteur have agreed to co-develop a Zika virus vaccine based on initial work by WRAIR scientists and collaborators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Story

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Portrait of President Barack Obama

As a nation, we must be prepared for the full range of threats, including a terrorist attack involving a biological agent, the spread of infectious diseases, and food-borne illnesses. The effective dissemination of a lethal biological agent, for instance, could endanger the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and result in untold economic, societal, and political consequences.

President Barack Obama

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DoD Chemical-Biological Program has a Global Mission

The Chemical and Biological Defense Program is an early and critical part of the Defense Department’s efforts to keep warfighters safe from infectious diseases and chemical agents. Story

DTRA Scientists Develop Cloud-Based Biosurveillance Ecosystem

The Departments of Defense and Homeland Security are developing a system that lets epidemiologists scan the planet for anomalies in human and animal disease prevalence, warn of coming pandemics and protect warfighters and others worldwide. Story

A Russian shipyard worker uses a cutting torch to breakdown a large bulge section of a Russian Oscar Class submarine.

DTRA Program Helps Nations Tackle Biological Threats

As part of the effort to upgrade global biosurveillance capabilities in the wake of recent pandemics, a mainly nuclear nonproliferation program created in the 1990s has evolved to address biological threats around the world. Story