You are an expert in biodefense, bioterrorism, and biosecurity. On Monday, your leadership asks you to provide a briefing to the National Security Staff to inform a decision on future investments in U.S. biodefense capabilities. Remember, since it is designed to support a major decision, you will need to consider requirements, gaps, alternative investment choices, and a recommendation.
1.Â Â Â Â Â FORMAT
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Include a cover slide, a â€œbottom line up frontâ€ (BLUF) slide and overview of the presentation.
2.Â Â Â Â Â CONTENT The information presented should include the following:
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â BLUF and Overview are clear and representative of the information in the briefing
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Identification of 3 KEY biodefense requirements. Take a stand on what you believe are key requirements â€“ and defend it with relevant facts. This should not be general (e.g., â€œwe need response capabilitiesâ€), but should be fairly specific (â€œwe need rapid diagnostics to identify actually exposed populations from the worried wellâ€)
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Overview and Assessment of current U.S. biodefense capabilities and policies â€“ especially any particular regulations or laws that pertain to your key biodefense requirements
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Assessment of how current capabilities and policies do/do not meet your key biodefense requirements
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Discussion of options on ways to better meet your 3 key requirements. This should include 3-5 options, including a brief description of each and what relevant stakeholdersâ€ roles and responsibilities would be. (Who needs to be funded to do what?)
Recommendation for decision makers, including a rationale for why this recommendation is being made