Infectious Disease and National Security: Strategic Information Needs

Infectious Disease and National Security: Strategic Information Needs

Infectious Disease and National Security: Strategic Information Needs

Infectious Disease and National Security: Strategic Information Needs

Synopsis

The pace of global travel, migration, and commerce has brought about an increased risk of a worldwide infectious disease outbreak. This report examines infectious disease within the context of national security and assesses the need for and adequacy of information that will enable U.S. policymakers to prevent and respond to such threats.

Excerpt

The global community has suffered recently from newly emerged infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS and severe acute respiratory syndrome, and from reemerging diseases once thought to be in decline. the world now faces the threat of a human influenza pandemic arising from the recently emerged avian influenza H5N1 virus. It has been increasingly recognized that infectious disease can have significant effects on U.S. and world security. Collection and analysis of information about the worldwide incidence of infectious disease is imperative for the United States to understand and respond to subsequent related threats. This study, conducted from July through October 2005, examines infectious diseases within the context of national security and assesses the need for and adequacy of information that will enable U.S. policymakers to prevent and respond to such threats.

This report should be of interest to those in U.S. federal and state agencies charged with collecting information about infectious disease and protecting the United States from its threat, the U.S. Congress, the world health community, and others who are interested in security and the threat of infectious disease.

This research was sponsored by the Advanced Systems and Concepts Office of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and conducted within the Center for Military Health Policy Research and the International Security and Defense Policy Center of the rand National Defense Research Institute, a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified Combatant Commands, the Department of the Navy, the Marine Corps, the defense agencies, and the defense Intelligence Community.

For more information on the rand International Security and Defense Policy Center, contact the Director, James Dobbins. He can be reached by email at James_Dobbins@rand. org; by phone at 310-393-0411, extension 5134; or by mail at the rand Corporation, 1200 South Hayes Street, Arlington, va 22202-5050.

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