Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP)

Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP)

Laura SingerCGHE provides regional and cultural guidance, subject matter expertise, and assessment, monitoring, and evaluation (AME) support to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA’s) Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP).

CBEP pillars emphasize improving biological safety and security (BS&S), strengthening biological risk management (BRM), and enhancing biosurveillance (BSV) for especially dangerous pathogens and emerging diseases that threaten public health in and around Partner Nations. CGHE and CBEP share a common goal of facilitating clinical, scientific, and public health education and research to further DoD global health security objectives.

CGHE-CBEP supports engagements with Jordan, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan in the US Central Command (USCENTCOM) Area of Responsibility (AOR). Ongoing activities and coordination with these partner nations help establish mutual goals, strengthen relationships, and build sustainable programming. CGHE subject matter experts engage a range of stakeholders to allow for valuable resource and information-sharing, as well as to further understand partner nation needs and determine how best to reach desired end states.

CGHE has recently expanded its CBEP portfolio to support DTRA regional efforts in USCENTCOM, US Pacific Command (USPACOM), and US Africa Command (USAFRICOM). CBEP regional efforts aim to unite like-minded partners in each of the above-mentioned AORs, and provide a platform for collaboration in the areas of BS&S, BRM, and BSV. CGHE will provide scientific, public health, and regional expertise to help shape phased engagement activities and will play an even larger role in providing AME expertise throughout the process. The AME component will enable continuous process improvement, and equip DTRA and other interagency implementing partners with supporting data and evidence to effectively promote the program and encourage increased regional participation and collaboration.