5) In 2004, the FY2005 DHS budget justification and testimony by Assistant Under Secretary Albright stated that NBACC consisted of three organizational units: the Biodefense Knowledge Center, the National Bioforensic Analysis Center (NBFAC), and the Biological Threat Characterization Center (BTCC).
The two NBACC component centers identified in the FY2006 DHS budget, the Biological Threat Characterization Center and the National Bioforensic Analysis Center, are operating in interim facilities pending construction of the NBACC laboratory building.
The Biological Threat Characterization Center is to conduct studies and laboratory experiments designed to find and address critical gaps in understanding current and future biological threats, assess vulnerabilities, conduct risk assessments, and determine potential impacts.
Biological Countermeasure projects include the BioWatch environmental monitoring program, the BioShield program for development of medical countermeasures and the BioSense national health surveillance system, The Biological Countermeasures budget also provides funding for the proposed National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center, which will house the National Bioforensic Analysis Center and the Biological Threat Characterization Center
, and for planning of the National Bio and Agrodefense Facility for agriculture security.