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Making Sense of the 2018 National Biodefense Strategy
Following the release of the 2018 National Biodefense Strategy, PNNL released a second-generation, publicly available tool—free for use at https://bplat.pnnl.gov—that maps out current biodefense responsibilities and brings clarity to the tangle of laws, directives, and agencies that together protect US citizens. The Biodefense Policy Landscape Analysis Tool, or B-PLAT, is affectionately called the “spaghetti monster,” because it visualizes information using spaghetti-like strands to demonstrate relationships between agencies, their specific responsibilities, and the degree of complexity and interconnectedness of the biodefense policy domain.
RA Bartholomew and KM Omberg. “Making Sense of the 2018 National Biodefense Strategy.” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. January 2019. https://thebulletin.org/2019/01/making-sense-of-the-2018-national-biodefense-strategy/
A Publicly Available Landscape Analysis Tool for Biodefense Policy
In 2017, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory chartered an internal effort to capture relevant federal biodefense policy directives and laws in a format conducive to visualization and to better understanding the current state of the US biodefense enterprise.The resulting Biodefense Policy Landscape Analysis Tool (B-PLAT) is publicly available and captures more than 200 enduring biodefense responsibilities assigned by the following directives and laws.
KM Omberg, LR Franklin, DR Jackson, KL Taylor, KL Wahl, A Lesperance, EM Wynkoop, JAS Gray, OP Leiser, SL Frazar, RM Ozanich , and RA Bartholomew. “A Publicly Available Landscape Analysis Tool for Biodefense.” Health Security. February 16(1): 2018. DOI: 10.1089/hs.2017.0088