"Bioterrorism preparedness for infectious disease (BTPID), as part of homeland defense initiatives is advancing rapidly, with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) taking the lead in mandating improved surveillance and management for States to follow, centered around 6 major focus areas with 17 critical capacities. Significant opportunities exist for new research and development of bioinformatics and telecommunications solutions for BTPID that would complement CDC led initiatives. With this in mind, the funded effort, which is a planning study, intends to identify problems and potential solutions related to bioterrorism (BT) preparedness. The first year of this work was focused on data gathering. The second year focused on analysis and potential solutions (supplemented by additional literature reviews and meetings as required) to yield recommendations that could be utilized as part of a homeland defense initiative and be applicable as part of a force protection initiative for garrisoned or deployed DOD units, who are highly visible targets for terrorist or conventional biological warfare threats."
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