Agreement will link University to federal defense groups to help improve national readiness and preparedness against weapons of mass destruction


HERNDON , Va.West Virginia University and EDS today signed a memorandum of agreement under which the organizations will jointly conduct analysis and design studies to improve national readiness against weapons of mass destruction. EDS is the prime contractor for the initial work of this agreement, valued at about $1.7 million, which is the most recent contract implementation of the International Telemedicine Collaboratory established by WVU in 1999.


The agreement will focus on building the capability of medical personnel, police, fire departments, the National Guard and others who would be the first to respond to a usage of weapons of mass destruction or other terrorist acts. EDS and WVU will work with the National Guard to evaluate the possible link West Virginia National Guard facilities at Camp Dawson, W.Va., with the Virtual Medical Campus at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va. to create the National Training Center for Weapons of Mass Destruction.


This linkage is considered a key milestone in establishing a national communications system to support responses to the use of weapons of mass destruction.


The agreement provides for the use of EDS knowledge management technologies coupled with WVU experience with advanced information systems and technology for distance learning, knowledge management and information assurance applications.


“The ability to effectively provide for our national security is one of the most important challenges confronting the United States today,”said Gary Yenser, vice president and deputy chief operating officer of EDS Federal Government based here.”EDS looks forward to working with WVU , the National Guard, and our other industry partners. WVU s considerable experience in the areas of training development and telemedicine, and the prominence of the West Virginia National Guard in national defense training make them the ideal partners for ensuring these programs are a success.”


“West VirginiaUniversity is pleased to work with EDS and others to create a powerful capability for national preparedness �€a system to protect our citizens and save lives,”said Dr. John Weete, president of the WVU Research Corporation.”This effort also provides an extraordinary economic development opportunity for West Virginia. Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) has provided the vision and leadership to help the West Virginia National Guard and WVU develop the NationalTrainingCenter for Weapons of Mass Destruction. Now, through this agreement, WVU and EDS will work together to ensure that the most up-to-date information and training for dealing with attacks are available across the country in an instant.”


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