TITLE

"Projecting Biomedical Security"

PUB. DATE
August 2003
SOURCE
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Aug2003, Vol. 129 Issue 8, p18
SOURCE TYPE
Conference Proceeding
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents the author's views on the article 'Projecting Biomedical Security,' by C. Hooper, published in the July 2003 issue of the periodical 'Proceedings.' The author says a focused-mission ship dedicated to biomedical security might provide for medical treatment and patient isolation. Some considerations need to be taken into account, however, that were not mentioned by Hooper in the article. The author examines whether a ship should deploy in response to a credible threat or wait for an incident to occur and then respond. In the former option, intelligence would drive the deployment and the credibility of the information would have to be extremely high. In the latter option, deploying a ship to the area could take weeks, which would allow the conditions to spread extensively throughout a region. A third method of deployment would be continual presence in multiple areas. This would require the purchase of several ships and the associated equipment to accompany them. Personnel and equipment would be far more useful if deployed by air. The response time would be decreased and far fewer support personnel would be involved. The only advantage to a seaborne staging area is to quarantine infected victims or if the local populace is hostile to a U.S. presence. Multiple ships would be required to be effective. The more cost-effective solution is to integrate those assets already in existence within the Department of the Navy.
ACCESSION #
10494764

 

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