DoD’s Blueprint for Coronavirus Testing

By Walter Pincus

Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Walter Pincus is a contributing senior national security columnist for The Cipher Brief. He spent forty years at The Washington Post, writing on topics that ranged from nuclear weapons to politics. He is the author of Blown to Hell: America's Deadly Betrayal of the Marshall Islanders. Pincus won an Emmy in 1981 and was the recipient of the Arthur Ross Award from the American Academy for Diplomacy in 2010.  He was also a team member for a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 and the George Polk Award in 1978.  

OPINION — Defense Department senior officials last week described plans to increase testing for Covid-19 over the next few months, prioritizing higher risk forces but eventually covering all [DoD] personnel in a process that could set an example for the country as a whole.

“We’re continuing to develop our testing capabilities,” Jonathan Hoffman, Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs told Pentagon reports last Friday. “We’re going to be doing that for — for months and months, going forward, as we ensure that we have the capability and we have the capacity and the stockpiles needed for — for testing our forces.”

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