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Updated April 1, 2014


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 United States.

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Cooperative Effort Helps Stop Spread of WMDs, Officials Say

Weapons of mass destruction can spread at the speed of an airliner, a missile, or even the internet, the deputy assistant defense secretary for countering weapons of mass destruction said. Story

Health Security Effort to Boost Global Disease Response

Top administration officials are joining representatives from federal agencies and 26 nations to launch an international effort that will help to boost the global capacity to prevent, detect and respond to disease outbreaks. Story

Global Force's Needs Shape DOD Biosurveillance

A new biosurveillance division at the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center is working to fill gaps at the convergence of battlefield biodefense and health surveillance. Story

U.S., EU Lead Global Nonproliferation, Biosurveillance Efforts

As nuclear, biological and chemical threats continue to evolve worldwide, partnership between the United States and European Union countries to counter such threats remains critical, a senior Defense Department official said in Helsinki. Story

DOD Partners with Cities, Countries on Biosurveillance

In line with the first National Biosurveillance Strategy released last month, the Defense Department is working with U.S. cities and countries around the world to enhance capabilities needed to detect and track a range of natural or intentional global disease outbreaks. Story

DOD Bolsters Biosurveillance Diagnostics, Monitoring

Defense Department officials routinely work to protect the nation from terrorist attacks and weapons of mass destruction. But today they're bolstering defenses against an older threat that emerges from animals and insects and arises in people as infectious diseases.Story

DOD Has Running Start on Biosurveillance Strategy

The White House has issued the first U.S. National Strategy for Biosurveillance to quickly detect a range of global health and security hazards, and the Defense Department has a running start in implementing the new plan, a senior defense official said. Story

Global Nature of Terrorism Drives Biosurveillance

The global nature of terrorism and the growing potential of nations and individuals to acquire weapons of mass destruction drive the Defense Department's effort to counter these threats, the assistant secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical and biological defense programs said. Story

DOD Center Tracks Health, Illness in U.S. Forces

A new Defense Department agency employs combined medical expertise to track health, illness and injury across the military services, the center director said. Story

Biosurveillance Imagery

"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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