Defense Health Agency Seeks to Improve Military Readiness with Biomedical Research

March 24th, 2015 by Rebecca Todd

As part of an ongoing effort to keep U.S. fighting forces ready to perform, the Defense Health Agency’s Research, Development and Acquisition directorate seeks to advance medical knowledge by becoming the research coordinator across all agency service branches.

According to a February article on, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Bruce Doll, head of the directorate, is taking steps to structure the DHA so that new products, methods and knowledge are always under development.

Currently, priorities for the directorate include being better able to develop responses to global health crises, improve operational medicine, and optimize performance through biomedical research. Doll also notes that combating the threat of diseases such as Ebola, malaria, and HIV, and identifying the next possible disease and developing treatments is highly relevant for medical readiness.

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