U.S. Northern Command is looking for a few good policy makers, health care providers and academics.

The Department of Defense is seeking white papers to assist the military in creating a response to a national public health emergency.

The military wants to know how to best use the broad capabilities of the combined services – both active and reserve components – to reduce suffering and save lives, while respecting the laws of the land and protecting the nation.

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency is sponsoring an academic colloquium at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. The white papers could address mass casualty treatment capabilities, coordination and response; support requirements for a pandemic outbreak; command and control of active and reserve forces in a public health crisis; legal and ethical issues for medical response and recovery operation.

Papers should be submitted electronically in Adobe PDF format to rwhite2@uccs.edu. Papers should be received no later than Dec. 1 to be considered for presentation. Presenters will be notified Dec. 15 if they have been chosen for the colloquium.

The colloquium will be held Jan. 19-21. Gen. Victor Renuart, commander of U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base, and Paul McHale, former assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and America’s security affairs, are the keynote speakers.

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For more information about the colloquium and for white papers, call Russ White, associated director of the UCCS Center for Homeland Security at (719) 255-3948.