Weeks before President-Elect Obama's choice for Secretary of Defense was finalized, the U.S. Department of Defense was blazing full speed ahead. The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (a division of the D.O.D.) recently awarded a contract to GE Global Research, the technology development branch of the mammoth General Electric Company, for a two-year, $1.1 million project to develop a Biotic Man. In partnership with the Transformational Medical Technologies Initiative (TMTI), GE is undertaking development of the first physiologically based "virtual human," a computer model that will mimic the impact of disease, infection, bacteria and other unpleasant agents on the human body and simulate the effects of new drugs (anti-virals, antibacterials, etc.) that combat those illnesses.