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Presidential Memorandum on the Support for National Biodefense
NATIONAL SECURITY & DEFENSE
Issued on: September 18, 2018
MEMORANDUM FOR THE VICE PRESIDENT THE SECRETARY OF STATE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE THE SECRETARY OF LABOR THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY THE ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OF STAFF THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET THE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE UNITED STATES TO THE UNITED NATIONS THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE THE ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AND DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT THE DIRECTOR OF THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
SUBJECT: Support for National Biodefense
It is a vital interest of the United States to prepare for, counter, respond to, and recover from biological incidents at home and abroad. Nearly all executive departments and agencies (agencies) contribute to the biodefense mission of the United States Government. Those contributions occur through a variety of authorities and programs. To ensure an integrated, comprehensive approach, agencies shall coordinate and manage biodefense activities in support of the broader biodefense enterprise, which consists of all stakeholders with a role in the detection of, prevention of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from biological incidents, including Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial governments, the private sector, and international partners.
Section 1. Policy. (a) It is the policy of the United States to preserve our national and economic security by protecting the Nation from biological threats. Acting within the biodefense enterprise, the United States Government will undertake actions at home and with partners abroad to reduce the risk of natural, accidental, and deliberate biological threats to humans, animals, agriculture, and the environment that have the potential to significantly affect the national and economic security of the United States.
(b) The foundation for the United States Governments role in the biodefense enterprise is the National Biodefense Strategy and its implementation plan (Strategy), which serve as the authoritative sources for the goals, objectives, and definitions for United States Government activities in support of the broader biodefense enterprise. Agency biodefense activities shall be conducted consistent with section 1086 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 and the Strategy, including activities undertaken to implement prior Executive Orders and Presidential Directives, such as Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-5 of February 28, 2003 (Management of Domestic Incidents); HSPD-9 of January 30, 2004 (Defense of United States Agriculture and Food); HSPD-18 of January 31, 2007 (Medical Countermeasures against Weapons of Mass Destruction); HSPD-21 of October 18, 2007 (Public Health and Medical Preparedness); Executive Order 13676 of September 18, 2014 (Combating AntibioticResistant Bacteria); and Executive Order 13747 of November 4, 2016 (Advancing the Global Health Security Agenda To Achieve a World Safe and Secure From Infectious Disease Threats).
Sec. 2. Implementation. The policy set forth in section 1 of this memorandum shall be implemented, to the extent permitted by law and available appropriations, and subject to the internal programmatic and budgetary processes of the agencies, as follows:
(a) Consistent with the Strategy, the heads of agencies shall:
(i) prioritize the implementation of the Strategy and include Strategy-related activities within their strategic planning and budgetary processes;
(ii) coordinate their biodefense policies with other agencies that have responsibilities or capabilities pertaining to biodefense, as well as with appropriate non-Federal entities;
(iii) share information, as appropriate, and coordinate decision-making related to the biodefense enterprise; and
(iv) monitor, evaluate, and hold their agencies accountable for implementation of the Strategy.
(b) The Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (APNSA) shall serve as the lead for policy coordination and review, acting through the process described in National Security Presidential Memorandum (NSPM)-4 of April 4, 2017 (Organization of the National Security Council, the Homeland Security Council, and Subcommittees), to provide strategic input and facilitate policy integration for Federal biodefense efforts.
(c) There is hereby established a Biodefense Steering Committee (Committee), which shall be chaired by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary). The other members of the Committee shall include the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. The heads of other agencies with responsibilities or capabilities pertaining to biodefense shall participate at the invitation of the Committee, as appropriate. The Committee shall be responsible for monitoring and coordinating the implementation of the Strategy. The Committee shall seek consensus, with disagreements being addressed through the NSPM-4 process. The Committee may establish appropriate consultative or advisory mechanisms to facilitate interaction with non-Federal stakeholders. The Secretary, as the Chair of the Committee, shall serve as the Federal lead in coordinating implementation of the Strategy.
(d) To assist the Committee in carrying out the responsibilities described in subsection (c) of this section, the Secretary shall, within 90 days of the date of this memorandum, establish a Biodefense Coordination Team (Team) administratively located within the Department of Health and Human Services.
(i) The Secretary shall designate a senior official of, or detailed to, the Department of Health and Human Services to serve as the director of the Team, who shall report to the Secretary.
(ii) The Secretary, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the heads of other agencies with responsibilities or capabilities pertaining to biodefense shall support the work of the Team, including, where appropriate, through the detail of personnel to the Team, consistent with law.
(iii) The Secretary, in consultation with the Committee, shall ensure that appropriate resources are provided by the Department of Health and Human Services to facilitate the Teams activities.
(iv) The Team shall, in consultation with existing governance bodies with responsibilities or capabilities pertaining to biodefense, assist the Committee in monitoring and coordinating implementation of the Strategy. The Team may convene working groups with relevant agencies as appropriate. In addition, the Team shall, on an ongoing basis, maintain awareness of biodefense activities conducted by agencies, relevant interagency entities, and non Federal partners in the broader biodefense enterprise, including relevant private sector stakeholders. The Team shall identify opportunities to increase coordination with non-Federal partners, including international organizations. Subject to the approval of the Committee, the Team shall establish policies, processes, and procedures to govern its activities.
(v) The Secretary shall notify the APNSA when the Team is established.
(e) To ensure effective implementation of the Strategy, within 30 days of the formation of the Team and annually thereafter in alignment with the annual budget process, the Secretary shall submit written requests for information to the heads of agencies identified by the Committee as having responsibilities pertaining to biodefense (Covered Officials), including the following:
(i) the Secretary of State;
(ii) the Secretary of the Treasury;
(iii) the Secretary of Defense;
(iv) the Attorney General;
(v) the Secretary of the Interior;
(vi) the Secretary of Agriculture;
(vii) the Secretary of Commerce;
(viii) the Secretary of Labor;
(ix) the Secretary of Health and Human Services;
(x) the Secretary of Transportation;
(xi) the Secretary of Energy;
(xii) the Secretary of Veterans Affairs;
(xiii) the Secretary of Homeland Security;
(xiv) the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency;
(xv) the Director of National Intelligence;
(xvi) the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development; and
(xvii) the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
(f) These requests shall ask how agency programs and activities contribute to the objectives of the Strategy. Covered Officials shall respond to these requests within 60 days of receipt of the request through a Biodefense Memorandum, as described in paragraphs (i)-(ii) of this subsection.
(i) The Biodefense Memorandum shall identify those activities, programs, and projects that are planned, programmed, or have been executed that advance or are expected to advance the Strategy; quantify, to the extent feasible, resources allocated to biodefense within the agency; assess the extent to which the goals, objectives, and sub-objectives of the Strategy are being met; and identify impediments to timely and effective implementation and options for their resolution. Each agency shall provide its Biodefense Memorandum to the Committee, the Team, the National Security Council (NSC) staff, and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The Team shall distribute the collected Memoranda to Covered Officials.
(ii) Covered Officials are not required to provide information on specific law enforcement activities, counterproliferation activities, military plans or operations, intelligence activities, or criminal investigations.
(g) The Team, as informed by each Biodefense Memorandum and consultations with the agencies, shall prepare a Biodefense Assessment (Assessment) to identify any gaps, shortfalls, and redundancies; describe any challenges to the implementation and execution of the Strategy; and recommend any necessary updates or changes to the Strategy. The Assessment shall include an analysis of the extent to which current United States Government resources support the goals and objectives of the Strategy, how existing programs and resources could be better executed or allocated to align with the Strategy, and how additional resources could, if available, be applied to support the goals of the Strategy. The Team shall coordinate the Assessment with the NSC staff and the OMB prior to its finalization. The Assessment shall be submitted to the Committee for approval and provided to the APNSA and the Director of the OMB within 180 days of the formation of the Team and annually thereafter.
(h) Each year, within 90 days of the approval of the Assessment, the Team shall summarize the Assessment and prepare, subject to the approval of the Committee and in coordination with the NSC staff, a public report describing the actions taken to reduce the risk of biological threats to the American people.
(i) Each year, Covered Officials, in coordination with the APNSA through the NSPM-4 process, shall prepare joint policy guidance (Guidance) on priority areas of biodefense. The Guidance shall be informed by the Assessment, and Covered Officials shall consider the Guidance when they develop their annual budget requests. Based on the Guidance, the Covered Officials shall include in their respective annual budget requests to the OMB information on the programs within the budget requests that support the implementation of the Strategy and conform to budget formulation requirements established by the OMB, including specified funding levels. Concurrently, Covered Officials shall submit a memorandum to the NSC staff and the OMB conveying their response to the policy Guidance. Covered Officials shall ensure that new and existing activities are prioritized and can be accommodated within budget guidance from the OMB.
(j) Within 120 days of the issuance of this memorandum, the Team, in coordination with the NSC staff through the NSPM-4 process, shall develop a proposal for metrics, milestones, end states, and roles and responsibilities of agencies, with respect to biodefense activities, particularly in meeting the goals, objectives, and sub-objectives of the Strategy. This proposal will be approved by Deputies, consistent with the NSPM-4 process.
(k) Within 2 years of the date of this memorandum, and every 2 years thereafter, Covered Officials shall review and, as appropriate, revise the Strategy. The APNSA, acting through the NSC staff, shall coordinate the development of updates to the Strategy. The updates to the Strategy shall be submitted to the President through the APNSA and, to the extent permitted by and consistent with applicable law and policy, released to the public.
(l) The APNSA, with the approval of every member of the Committee, may designate a different member of the Committee to serve as Chair of the Committee and perform the responsibilities specified in subsection 2(c).
Sec. 3. Earlier Presidential Actions. (a) Presidential Policy Directive-2 of November 23, 2009 (Implementation of the National Strategy for Countering Biological Threats) and HSPD 10/National Security Presidential Directive-33 of April 21, 2004 (National Policy for Biodefense) are hereby superseded and replaced.
Sec. 4. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or
(ii) the functions of the Director of the OMB relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(b) This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable laws and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(c) This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
(d) The Secretary is hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.
DONALD J. TRUMP
Note: 1. Pentagon intelligence recently declared Iran and ISIS agents within USA pose a mass casualty threat which includes Biological attack.
Maybe they can straighten BioWatch out and improve the capabilities.
2. Bill Gates announces his biggest fear of massive pandemic outbreak on THE SAME DAY of Whitehouse Biodefense Memorandum...
Bill Gates: My biggest fears about what’s coming next for this world
Bill Gates: ‘We are not fully prepared for the next global pandemic’
18 SEPTEMBER 2018 5:16AM
“Bill Gates: My biggest fears about whats coming next for this world”
Jim, do you want bet that not one media outlet is going to give credit for this administration trying to safeguard our nation against catastrophe?
Protect the Nation Against all Biological Threats | HHS.gov
has sub items, More Topics In This Section
National Biodefense Strategy: Protect the Nation Against all Biological Threats
September 18, 2018
By: Robert P. Kadlec, MD, MTM&H, MS, HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
As a nation, public and private partners must work closely together to plan adaptively for current and emerging biothreats.
Today, the White House and four federal departments unveiled a comprehensive National Biodefense Strategy to make America safer against modern biological threats to the United States. In the 21st century, biological threats are increasingly complex and dangerous, and that demands that we act with urgency and singular effort to save lives and protect Americans.
Whether a natural outbreak, an accidental release, or a deliberate attack, biological threats are among the most serious we face, with the potential for significant health, economic and national security impacts. Therefore, promoting our health security is a national security imperative.
The strategy released today not only establishes the U.S. government vision for biodefense, it prioritizes and coordinates federal biodefense activities and budgets. In meeting the aggressive demands of the National Biodefense Strategy - PDF as directed by President Trumps National Security Presidential Memorandum, we will improve the nations readiness and response capabilities to combat 21st century biological threats to humans, animals, agriculture and the environment.
National Disaster Medical System training
Combating 21st century biothreats requires a whole-of-nation approach
Biodefense entails a range of coordinated actions to counter biothreats, reduce risks, and prepare for, respond to, and recover from incidents. As biothreats continue to evolve, so must our biodefense capabilities.
Coordination of such complex actions requires a sound strategy, commitment, and governance structure. As an initial step in implementing the strategy, leaders from every federal department involved in biodefense formed a steering committee, led by Secretary Azar, that provides strategic guidance in preparing for, countering, and responding to biological threats. I am honored that Secretary Azar asked me to lead the day-to-day coordination team that supports this committee in improving biodefense readiness. As the assistant secretary for preparedness and response, my office routinely coordinates federal preparedness, response and recovery efforts to address the healthcare and public health impacts of public health emergencies and other disasters, including bioincidents.
The National Biodefense Strategys coordination team also will engage state, local, tribal and territorial governments, as well as private and international partners as appropriate, because while coordinating federal activities and budgets across the full spectrum of biodefense sectors and activities represents a monumental step forward; being truly successful will require a whole-of-nation approach with government agencies at all levels and non-government stakeholders playing important roles in providing support and guidance. As a nation, public and private partners must work closely together to plan adaptively for current and emerging biothreats, whether they stem from terrorist groups, pandemics, natural disasters, or even rouge nation states.
Seventeen years ago today, our nation experienced a biological attack with anthrax mailed in letters, killing five people and injuring 17, and costing an estimated $6 billion in clean up and lost revenue. Those historic attacks, the more recent Ebola outbreaks and the emergence of potentially deadly influenza viruses demonstrate how severe biological threats continue to evolve, both man-made and from nature, can be. By meeting the call to action in the National Biodefense Strategy, we become better equipped to protect this nation against all biothreats.
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I don't really care too much about what Bill Gates thinks...
Trump must be getting intel that indicates Iran is using Syrian/Russian NBC products in their war planning against US installations, diplomatic missions and personnel, US business interests, and finally US citizens abroad... as well as here at home. Iran has been vocal and has illegally utilized their diplomatic missions in Beirut to house US hostages, other missions from which to carry out attacks in Argentina, Germany, Italy, Iran, and across S. America. The reality is that Iran is up front that they will consider America Embassies legit and desirable targets in any war with the US and they think these threats will insulate their terrorism. Obama was complicit and afraid, Trump is going to get these SOBs no matter the cost, and he is preparing for a war with Iran that both attrits their resources abroad and reduces them into a starving TWSH as the people eventually overthrow what is left of their radical Islamist terrorist government.
Thank you for that excellent assessment.
I wonder if this, or something like it, has something to do with the memorandum?
I don’t know if the article is true fact or not, but...
The deep state has been playing its own game for a long time. There’s likely to be much and many things out there in the world built and/or done by “U.S” that we were never supposed to know about and quite possibly intended to directly harm us.
I was familiar with Georgia, Tablisi per prior ZeroHedge posts.
Here’s more from the Bulgarian journalist who uncovered Bulgarian warehouse of NATO country weapons provided to Al-Nursa/ISIS (courtesy of John McCain, Hillary, Kerry, Soros)
I forgot to Hat Tip.
I got it off of the new voat chat forum for the reddit greatawkening refugees.
Be warned. the language can be as dedicatedly un PC as the chans.
When Hillary again called for the abolition of the Electoral College she became a domestic biological weapon deployed by the American enemies known variously as progressices, democrate or liberals.
She should be immediately quarantined
More on inevitable infectious disease pandemic we fund, foster and will let slip unintentionally, or otherwise...
Read improved response details:
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