This is the report from the second dialogue session, held in Singapore on November 12-13, 2014. From the Executive Summary: "Singapore is a critical security partner to the US in Southeast Asia. The US and Singapore share long-standing military relations, with American forces making use of Singapore's Naval Base facilities, contributing to peace and stabilizing efforts throughout the region, offering humanitarian assistance, and acting as a deterrent to potential security threats. US-Singaporean security cooperation also extends to bilateral exercises, joint military training activities, and cargo screening efforts. The importance of Singapore to biosecurity in Southeast Asia continues to grow, due to its rapid biotechnology growth, its leadership in biosafety training within the region, its experience in containing the pandemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), as well as ongoing preparedness efforts related to new, emerging diseases. Given the importance of the Singapore-US relationship, and given the potential for naturally occurring or intentional biosecurity threats to emerge in the region, the UPMC [University of Pittsburgh Medical Center] Center for Health Security initiated the first-ever Track II biosecurity dialogue between the United States and Singapore. The dialogue is supported by the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMD (PASCC), and sponsored by the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). The inaugural meeting was held in Washington, DC on June 10-11, 2014. The second meeting, which is the focus of this report, took place at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore on November 12-13, 2014." Note: This document has been added to the Homeland Security Digital Library in agreement with the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMD (PASCC) as part of the PASCC collection. Permission to download and/or retrieve this resource has been obtained through PASCC.
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Singapore-US Strategic Dialogue on Biosecurity. S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. November 12-13, 2014