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DoD’s COVID-19 Task Force Seeks to Ensure Readiness Through Analytics, Modeling

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A Department of Defense (DoD) task force is using advanced modeling and data analytics to strengthen military readiness and facilitate response during the coronavirus pandemic, Nextgov reported Tuesday.

Capt. Kimberly Elenberg, head of modeling and analytical support for DoD’s COVID-19 task force, said CVTF introduced an interagency simulation and modeling community of interest to allow stakeholders to exchange insights and achieve alignment of best practices in support of pandemic response efforts.

“This was really a bridge between the academic side and the epidemiologists, and those folks who have to make sure that the military can meet its mission every single day,” Elenberg said at a Booz Allen Hamilton-hosted federal health virtual forum.

She said the task force turned to history in support of its efforts following the creation of a common digital platform to offer data management support and host models.

“So we did a lot of looking through the literature to help inform some of our efforts today, and our initial coordinated and integrated disease modeling insights looked at impacts on people, facilities and supplies by locality,” Elenberg said. “This includes the continental U.S. and outside the continental U.S. because we are all over the world.”

Elenberg also shared insights on infectious disease models identified by the department’s task force, including the “classic” SEIR model.