Current Capabilities and Recommendations for the Future

1 | Introduction

Protecting the homeland against biological threats begins with preventing those threats from reaching our shores. Since the Cold War, Department of Defense (DOD) health security capabilities have developed largely along two separate lines: countering biological weapons of mass destruction and force health protection mostly from naturally occurring disease and environmental hazards. Significant advances have been made in both areas, often with much in common; however, organizational stovepipes have inhibited communication between the communities. The recent improvements in collaboration and integration are encouraging.

 

 

U.S. Navy Capt. David Blazes, Military Tropical Medicine Course program director, shows a photo of Ebola response training to medical professionals from U.S., French and Djiboutian armed forces. The course enabled militaries around the Horn of Africa to share diagnostic and treatment practices for deadly and common diseases on the continent. (U.S. Army Africa photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Sneed)

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