"Recent Asian avian influenza cases have raised concern that avian influenza could undergo genetic reassortment or mutation, and become efficiently transmissible (confirmed, sustained human-to-human transmission) resulting in a global pandemic. No avian influenza vaccine yet exists, and it could take 6 months or longer to develop and produce an effective vaccine after the pandemics emergence. Because PI could spread rapidly and infect many military units, it poses a distinct threat to military operations in the Area of Responsibility (AOR). Additionally, a global pandemic could place enormous strains on civilian resources, resulting in requirement for substantial military support to civilian organizations of partner and coalition governments."
USPACOM Instruction 0507.1
Military Vaccines Website: http://www.vaccines.army.mil/