Bioincident Response Investigation Training and Evaluation (BRITE)
The Cubic Global Defense Southeast Asia Team recently supported the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) in conducting the Bioincident Response Investigation Training and Evaluation (BRITE) workshop in Penang, Malaysia on March 6-10, 2017.
BRITE was co-organized by CBEP and the Malaysia Ministry of Defence Science Technology Research Institute for Defence (STRIDE), and in collaboration with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Malaysia Ministry of Health (MOH), Malaysia Department of Veterinary Services, and Royal Malaysia Police (RMP).
Designed for law enforcement and public health professionals who would play an active role in a joint criminal and epidemiological investigation, BRITE familiarized participants with the structures, resources, and guidance for joint investigations through lectures, breakout group activities, exercises, and demonstrations on how to approach a bioincident. The intent of the workshop was to train Malaysian stakeholders on a joint bioincident response and investigation program, and produce a cohort of Malaysian trainers capable of delivering subsequent joint bioincident response investigation training to future trainers. Representatives from the RMP, the Malaysia MOH, the Malaysia Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based industry, Malaysia Ministry of Defense, the Malaysia Fire and Rescue Department, the Malaysia National Security Council, and the Malaysia National Disaster Management Agency attended the event.
The joint health and law enforcement training provided by BRITE strengthened cross-sector ties across the Government of Malaysia, ensuring that response entities can act quickly when a bioincident occurs. BRITE training also supported the Government of Malaysia’s efforts to meet its nonproliferation obligations under the Biological Weapons Convention, for which Malaysia also has currently pending biosecurity legislation.