The next Networking Breakfast will be held February 22 at Hood College, Whitaker Campus Center, 7:30 a.m. – 9 am. Dr. Pat Fitch, Director, National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC), Fort Detrick, will present information about the Department of Homeland Defense’s laboratory.
Since the inception of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC) has developed the science critical to defend the United States against bioterrorism. Managed by Battelle National Biodefense Institute (BNBI) as a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), NBACC is the first laboratory built for DHS – a national resource to provide the scientific basis for characterization of biological threats and bioforensic analysis to support attribution of their planned or actual use.
The President and Congress have charged NBACC with research and development of technologies to protect the American public from bioterrorism. NBACC fills critical shortfalls in our scientific knowledge of the biological agents that could be used to cause the public harm. NBACC scientists are helping federal policy makers and leadership to answer critical questions for our nation’s security and provide the data required to support prevention, protection, mitigation, and recovery from current and future biocrime and bioterrorism threats.