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National Bio and Agro-defense Facility — NBAF — Overview 
A visual overview of NBAF is provided that includes the: (1) NBAF mission;   (2) basis for why NBAF is needed; (3) key elements to winning NBAF; (4) $1.25 billion construction funding breakdown; (5) "hardened" facility design features; (6) construction status; and (7) summary information.

Bio/Agro Security Enterprise
Kansas State University's Bio/Agro Security Enterprise (BASE) includes diverse and century-long programs involved in protecting America's food crops, food animals (livestock), food supply and public health. Thus, it is broader than the NBAF mission, which is focused exclusively on protecting animal health and public health. The collaborative — public and private-sector — nature of the Kansas State University R&D BASE fits very well with how the U.S. Department of Homeland Security would like NBAF to operate in the future as noted below in the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility Strategic Plan 2016-2020.

The Silicon Valley for Biodefense  
The new name for the evolving innovation district around NBAF is "the Silicon Valley for Biodefense," thanks to former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle with the Blue Ribbon Study Panel for Biodefense.  He invoked that description during Panel hearings at Kansas State, January 26, 2017, entitled "Agrodefense: Challenges and Solutions."  Manhattan, Kansas has become bio/agro security central U.S.A. where government/industry/university R&D partnerships are already providing solutions to emerging biological threats.

National Bio and Agro-defense Facility Strategic Plan 2016-2020                                                                                                                                          The U.S. Department of Homeland Security outlines their plans for NBAF, to create "a world-class, connected research facility."  The DHS goal is to develop "a highly networked bio/agro security innovation system (BASIS)" around NBAF, something that is already well underway while NBAF is under construction, as documented in the previous two sections above. 

First Responder 1999 

Kansas State University's 1999 Homeland Defense Program
This 1999 document — which became known as "The Big Purple Book" — outlined the university’s Homeland Defense Food Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness Program. The 100-page strategic plan for bio/agrodefense served as the blueprint for the Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI) and multiple supporting programs.

Kansas State University's 1999 U.S. Senate Testimony
A Kansas State University delegation — led by former president Jon Wefald — presented this agricultural biological weapons testimony before the U.S. Senate's Emerging Threats Subcommittee, chaired by Kansas Senator Pat Roberts, on Oct. 27, 1999.

BRI: The First Five Years
This 2012 annual report offers an in-depth look at the first five years of the Biosecurity Research Institute.  The BRI is a unique-in-the-world biocontainment facility where training and research on pathogen threats to crops, livestock and food are all carried out under one roof.  Research is already underway in the BRI on four pathogens originally proposed for NBAF: (1) Rift Valley fever; (2) Japanese encephalitis; (3) classical swine fever; and (4) African swine fever.

NBAF and Other Bio/Agro Security Research in the BRI
This summary documents NBAF-related livestock infectious disease research capabilities at Kansas State University, along with crop disease and food safety research proficiencies.

NBAF Summit Presentations
"Pioneering Partnerships with NBAF: A summit with livestock producers and the animal health industry about science, synergy and security" was an industry-focused, invitation-only meeting. It provided a centralized location for livestock producers, animal health industry leaders, researchers and policymakers to start discussions about how NBAF will work with the broad stakeholder community and develop a strong working relationship between government and industry before the federal laboratory begins its operations.

NBAF Economic Impact Report
This document describes the economic impact of NBAF in Manhattan, Kansas.

NBAF Risk Analysis Report
This report addresses the need for a state-of-the-art animal disease research facility and examines the risk to the U.S. livestock industry and the U.S. human population, if this facility is not constructed.