June 25, 2018 —
As the U.S. government finalizes its new National Biodefense Strategy and begins preparing its Global Health Security Strategy, understanding the current policy landscape and the potential ability or inability of policies to achieve biodefense objectives is crucial to ensuring that the new strategies address long-standing gaps. Despite all of this activity in biodefense and biosecurity policy, systematic evaluation of existing policy and implementation to identify gaps and policy solutions for addressing those gaps has not been conducted, until now.
This report presents a roadmap for implementing biosecurity and biodefense policy to leverage the capabilities of science and technology advances and minimize security risks. Supporting the conclusions and suggestions in the Roadmap chapter are detailed analyses of the overall system of U.S. biosecurity and biodefense policy, existing methodologies for evaluating successful implementation of policies, and historical case studies with which to develop an analytic framework for assessing potential opportunity costs of biosecurity policy requirements.
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This project was funded by a generous grant from the U.S. Air Force Academy and Defense Threat Reduction Agency under their Program on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction.