This developing story is really interesting and powerful to me. The U.S. Pentagon is essentially using advanced technology tools, and cooperating with non-military players, to predict potential pandemic hotspots. And, perhaps even more important, once identified, look at the supply chains for those hotspots for key items to maximize the chances that those items (PPE, food, et al) can be available.
I think we are seeing the potential power of public-private partnerships using advanced technological tools to deliver incredible results that help our communities to be safer, healthier, and more economically viable.
We are only scratching the surface to these possibilities, and we are clearly trying to 'build the plane while we fly it,' but the potential here appears incredible.
“We aren’t using anything so secretive inside the government that wasn’t available” to private companies, he said. “We were just some of the first ones to ask the question: ‘Why don’t we predict this for somebody that has the ability to action it or solve that problem?’”