The 2014–2015 Ebola virus disease outbreak was an unprecedented global health security crisis that underscored the importance of the Department of Defense (DoD) medical research and development mission. Although the Ebola outbreak occurred naturally, it reminded the nation that a biological attack could behave in much the same way: A deadly viral agent is released and rapidly spreads from one person to the next.
Working closely with government, nongovernment, and international organizations, DoD provided critical medical expertise, training, and technical resources in response to the recent Ebola outbreak. Our panel will discuss these efforts, the lessons learned, and the potential threats and challenges for the military medical research and development mission. This panel features representatives of four key DoD organizations dedicated to protecting warfighters and the nation against injury and disease, including Ebola, caused by naturally occurring or intentionally released infectious agents.
More About the Speakers
Joint Program Executive Officer for Chemical and Biological Defense
Colonel Russell E. Coleman
Joint Project Manager for Medical Countermeasure Systems
Colonel Stephen J. Thomas
Deputy Commander of Operations, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
Colonel Neal E. Woollen
Director of Biosecurity, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases
Charles "Cully" Stimson
Manager, National Security Law Program and Senior Legal Fellow