National Bio and Agro Defense Facility (NBAF): Site Characterization Study   [open pdf - 4MB]

"The National Bio and Agro Defense Facility (NBAF) is envisioned to provide the nation with the first integrated agricultural and zoonotic disease, research, diagnostics, training and evaluation (RDT&E) facility with the capability to address threats from high-consequence zoonotic disease agents and foreign animal disease (FAD) agents. The facility would also provide the additional infrastructure required for threat and vulnerability assessments and for testing and evaluating promising FAD and zoonotic disease countermeasures. NBAF would support the complementary missions of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). [...] NBAF is a national asset which would become the international 'icon' for biocontainment around the world. All design decisions will be measured against the goals and vision as set forth in the Conceptual Design and Feasibility Study. The one overarching design goal will be to provide a facility which supports and enables the science while providing a safe, secure and enjoyable work environment. [...] The facility functions serving our national security concerns would have multiple layers of security designed into every primary use and engineering support systems. This level of safety, redundancy and security would help provide instant and automatic safeguards to the staff and community it serves to support the overarching design goal of providing a safe and enjoyable work environment. Each site will be evaluated to insure that these safeguards can be met."

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