The COVID-19 pandemic confirms that health security is national security. No facet of American life has been spared. The nation’s economic prosperity, the well-being of its citizens, the readiness of its armed forces, and its role in the world are all threatened by the virus.
United States strategy and planning has long recognized the potential danger that biothreats pose to national security, be they natural or manmade. Undoubtedly, future conceptions of national security will have to integrate pandemics and broader biothreats into national security even more tightly, elevating the threat and expanding the ways and means for responding to pandemics to protect the American people and United States interests.