Increased Department of Defense Role in U.S. Ebola Response, CRS Insights (PDF)
Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists)
On September 16, 2014, President Obama announced a major increase in the U.S. response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Department of Defense (DOD) submitted requests to Congress to make excess Overseas Contingency Operations funds appropriated for FY2014 available to support this effort. The requested funds would be used to provide humanitarian assistance, including:
- transportation of DOD and non-DOD personnel and supplies;
- coordination of delivery of supplies from both DOD and non-DOD sources such as isolation units,
- personnel protective equipment, and medical supplies;
- construction of 17 planned Ebola treatment units;
- and, training and education in support of sanitation and mortuary affairs functions to limit the spread of the Ebola outbreak.