Which model of COVID-19 aircraft will have the best protection?
The United States is among the nations that have pledged to invest $1 billion to upgrade air traffic control and emergency response systems to prevent transmission of coronavirus.
But some experts say that would be only the beginning of a much larger investment to make the systems more resilient to a pandemic that has killed more than 6 million people.
The Airborne Disease Outbreak Management Center is the U.S. government agency that oversees the military and federal departments to deal with the virus.
In a statement, the Pentagon said its efforts are being coordinated with the National Transportation Safety Board, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Federal Aviation Administration and other federal agencies.
The center will conduct tests and evaluate air traffic and emergency responses, said Airborne Diseases Control Director Tom Withers, who has been with the military since 1998.
Witherson, who is in his 50s, said he has seen firsthand the need to protect the military.
“I see it as a direct result of the fact that we’re losing pilots, that we need to have a lot more pilots in the field,” he said.
More: U.N. climate conference could boost coronaviruses effortsThe Pentagon is asking the Federal Communications Commission to allow public comments on its plan to upgrade the system and said it has asked the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for additional funding.
“We want to make sure that we have the technology and the resources in place to address the pandemic,” said Wither of the coronaviral crisis.
“We’re going to need it, and it’s time to get it.”