Doug Bedell — April 2, 2020, 3:15 pm

Watch Out: Biological Threats and U.S. National Security


Biological threats aren’t new – in 1757 there was a smallpox epidemic during the French and Indian War – but COVID-19 is rewriting our current understanding of national security, a post on In Homeland Security notes.

“For intelligence and national security analysts,” the post notes, “understanding the impacts of this disease requires us to look beyond the next couple of days and weeks and, instead, form a vision of what the world will look like in the coming months and years because of it.” Surely true.

“For national security,” it adds, “information flow is the most effective inoculation against biological threats. Mitigating the effects of an outbreak, that is ‘flattening the curve,’ requires advanced notice and recognition of a biological threat’s severity. It also requires a proactive rather than a reactive response, and massive amounts of information sharing.”

The post has more such insights into this epochal moment in U.S. history.

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