Complex Threats

Citing national security interests, the Trump budget proposes an increase in military spending of $54 billion—yet undermines its goals by underfunding biosurveillance, argues Maureen Miller, a Columbia University Medical Center professor.
More than a third of the $50 billion State Department/USAID budget is trained on global health security—including successful programs that integrate biological and behavioral surveillance. The Trump budget would slice off 37% off their budgets.
The Quote: “The way the military protects America’s welfare is straightforward. The way that other U.S. agencies prevent pandemics is less understood. That it’s complicated shouldn’t stop our commitment to it.”
Source: The Conversation (commentary)

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