GAO-19-635T: Biodefense: The Nation Faces Long-Standing Challenges Related to Defending Against Biological Threats

This statement discusses US Government Accountability (GAO) reports issued from December 2009 through March 2019 on various biological threats and biodefense efforts. To conduct prior work, GAO reviewed biodefense reports, relevant presidential directives, laws, regulations, policies, strategic plans; surveyed states; and interviewed federal, state, and industry officials, among others.

Biodefense World Summit

The Fifth Annual Biodefense World Summit brings together leaders from government, academia, and industry for discussions on pathogen detection, point-of-care, biosurveillance, sample prep technologies, and bio-recovery. 

2019 CBRN Defense Conference & Exhibition

Collaborating with industry to highlight a one-team concept is a top priority for the Department of Defense. The Pentagon is committed to accelerating and adapting the traditional acquisition process to improve readiness and modernize the Joint Force. As the DOD modernizes the force, we are modernizing this conference. Anticipate in-depth discussions on the evolving threat, needed future capabilities, acquisition reform, and the future of Warfighter training. 

What was the primary mode of smallpox transmission? Implications for biodefense

This review examines evidence from the history of variolation, data on mucosal infection collected in the last decades of smallpox transmission, aerosol measurements, animal models, reports of smallpox lung among healthcare workers, and the epidemiology of smallpox regarding the potential importance of fine particle aerosol mediated transmission.

Transnational Biological Threats and Global Security.

This video is a recording of the meeting of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense. It covers: 

  • Current transnational biological threats;
  • Homeland defense and security in the global context;
  • Global security efforts to combat these threats;
  • International public health security efforts; and
  • The need to elevate global health security as a national and global priority.

Global Threats, Collaborative Solutions – Combatting Emerging Biothreats, US Agencies Perspectives.

This video offers program leaders from within the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), US Department of Defense (DoD),  and US Agency for International Development (USAID) speak to their work in reducing biological threats globally.