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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.
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
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
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
“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
DoD Science & Technology
A Zika Vaccine May Be Coming Sooner Than You Think
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
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
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