Military Researchers work with government agencies to improve biosurveillance

Military researchers recently began collaborating U.S. government agencies to improve the nation's biosurveillance capabilities and provide early warnings to warfighters and first responders.

Research teams with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Chemical and Biological Joint Science and Technology Office formed the Biosurveillance Ecosystem to address areas of need and support real-time biosurveillance.

Project engineers established a website to demonstrate utility and solicit feedback from the user community. One goal of the project is to allow users to customize their BSVE Analysis Workbench regardless of location, skill level and resources.

Sustainability is also important for the project. The project allows for external, new sources of analytics and data to be integrated into the BSVE to create customized output.

The program has been user-derived and user-tested by the Department of Defense and local and state public health departments to ensure needs are met and program capabilities are functional.

DTRA CB officials said BSVE will be an easy, defined process for agencies to insert new data sources and display them as part of search results. They expect the program to become well-used in the military scientific community.

The DTRA CB/JSTO is working with the Joint Program Executive Office, the Department of Homeland Security, the Director of National Intelligence and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among others, to ensure operability and smooth transition of science and technology.

The BSVE project is managed by Nancy Nurthen of DTRA CB.