DoD Unveils Collaborative Biodefense Reforms in Posture Review

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Source: U.S. Department of Defense,
Source: U.S. Department of Defense,

August 28, 2023 | Originally published by U.S. Department of Defense on August 17, 2023

The DoD released the Biodefense Posture Review outlining reforms aimed to posture the department to fight and win in the face of future biothreats.

“The Biodefense Posture Review was a whole of DOD effort,” said Sasha Baker, Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. “The biodefense enterprise came together during COVID-19 response efforts, and building on that collaboration, developed guidance to achieve National Defense Strategy priorities and address biological threats, especially those with strategic consequences for the U.S. military.”

“We face an unprecedented number of complex biological threats,” said Deborah Rosenblum, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs. “The Biodefense Posture Review fully assesses the biological threat landscape through 2035. This review outlines significant reforms and lays the foundation for a resilient total force that deters the use of bioweapons, rapidly responds to natural outbreaks, and minimizes the global risk of laboratory accidents.”

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