New Zika Vaccine, Cyber Command and Army STEM Careers

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This communication is the latest in a series of newsletters intended to keep you informed about current Army programs and initiatives.

From research and medicine to cyber security, innovation and advancement have been at the forefront of Army news. Most recently, the U.S. Army has been making strides in the race to address the Zika virus. Last month, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research began human clinical trials for its Zika vaccine. Secondly, the Army's expanding Cyber Command continues to grow, recruiting the best Soldier and civilian talent. Some of the latest facts and details about both programs are described below.

The Army recognizes how important STEM careers are to the future! As part of the U. S. Army outreach efforts, the Army developed applications to highlight its high tech capabilities. Attached, you will find the latest in the series of mobile applications developed and provided free to use for educators and students.

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Race for the Zika Vaccine

Race for the Zika Vaccine
Established in 1893, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) has been a pioneer in medical research, developing vaccines to protect Soldiers against malaria, Ebola and other viruses. When the Zika virus was identified as a global threat, WRAIR used its extensive expertise in biomedical research and global laboratories to develop the Zika Purified Inactivated Virus (ZPIV) vaccine. While most vaccines can take a decade to evolve from concept to product, WRAIR developed the ZPIV vaccine in six months. WRAIR is able to manufacturer its vaccines for clinical trials at the Pilot Bioproduction Facility, which is something many other organizations aren't capable of doing. This allows WRAIR to speed up its vaccine development process. Human clinical trials for the vaccine began last month at WRAIR's Clinical Trial Center in Silver Spring, Md.

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Keeping our Nation secure from cyber attacks

Cyber Command
In an age of increasing technology and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers, the Army has been experiencing a high level of interest in U.S. Army Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) units. CYBERCOM, the newest command established by the Army, started with six officers in 2014. Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Daniel B. Allyn recently said the unit now employs 397 officers, 141 warrant officers and 560 enlisted Soldiers. The Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) and United States Military Academy at West Point report that 30 new cyber lieutenants have graduated just this year alone.

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