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Defense Threat Reduction Agency Director Ken Meyers (center) assists with cutting the ribbon signifying the opening the 7,535 square foot Bio-Safety Level-3 facility addition in Otar, Kazakhstan Aug. 27. Huntsville Center provides construction management oversight and engineering support in designing and building the BSL-3 facility as well as an 86,111 square foot Central Reference Laboratory in Almaty, Kazakhstan. DTRA supports cooperative agreements with host nations focused on bio-terror threats outside the continental U.S. by providing facilities and equipment to monitor and detect potential endemic threats. In addition to the two facilities in Kazakhstan, Huntsville Center also supports DTRA with a rehabilitation of existing facilities in Armenia, Kenya and a Central Public Health Laboratory and National Public Health Laboratory in Afghanistan.

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