Pentagon says allied partnerships key to preventing bioattacks

According to a senior U.S. Department of Defense official, the Pentagon sees stronger allied partnerships as extremely important in the attempt to prevent the use of chemical and biological weapons.
The official said that unique threats in the future will become even more critical as defense budgets decline globally, Defense News reports. Agreements with countries like Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom will help them work together to stop terrorist attacks.
"We recognize, more so than ever, it's our partnerships that's going to enable us to field the best capabilities for our forces, for our nations working together," the official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said, according to Defense News.
Over the course of the next decade, the Pentagon is facing more than a $450 billion reduction to planned spending. It is as of yet unclear how the reductions to the Pentagon's budget will impact the biological and chemical division.
"There's a shared understanding that the [weapons of mass destruction] threat is very real, very serious and it is still a very high priority," the official said, according to Defense News.
Pentagon officials are currently conducting an analysis of biological and defense programs to address the spending reductions. The Pentagon has also started participating in exercises with South Korea to examine the biodefense problem in the region.
"We're helping our colleagues there go through some of the learning experiences we had in the United States in that interagency environment," the official said, Defense News reports. "It's a new challenge for them, but the threat is ever more present on the peninsula today."

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