biological


State Surgeon of Kansas presents on modern epidemics



State Surgeon of Kansas presents on modern epidemics
Dr. Lee A. Norman, the State Surgeon of Kansas, presented a lecture entitled “Modern Epidemics: Why they occur and why we should worry!” on Monday, April 23 in the Arnold Conference Room in the Lewis and Clark Center on Fort Leavenworth. Dr. Norman spoke about public health issues the world… Read More

Featured Article: The Interagency Challenge of Biosecurity…



Featured Article: The Interagency Challenge of Biosecurity…
Featured article: The Interagency Challenge of Biosecurity in Dual-Use Research by Matthew J. Moakler On October 17, 2014, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced a funding pause for “gain-of-function” research (i.e., research that increases an organism’s ability to cause disease) in order to conduct a study… Read More

Featured Article: Concurrent Biological, Electromagnetic Pulse and Cyber-attacks…



Featured Article: Concurrent Biological, Electromagnetic Pulse and Cyber-attacks…
Featured article: Concurrent Biological, Electromagnetic Pulse and Cyber-attacks: The Ultimate Interagency Response Challenge by Patricia Rohrbeck The critical infrastructure components of an advanced society—telecommunications, transportation, banking and finance, petroleum and natural gas, food and water, public health and healthcare, and security—have at least one feature in common: All depend upon… Read More

Featured Article: Bioterrorism and Pandemic Response



Featured Article: Bioterrorism and Pandemic Response
Featured article: A Nation Unprepared: Bioterrorism and Pandemic Response by John B. Foley In 2001, senior U.S. policymakers converged to participate in the still famous Dark Winter exercise. The exercise contemplated a covert, bioterrorist attack against the U.S. The scenario began with simultaneous attacks, involving smallpox, on shopping malls in… Read More

InterAgency Journal 8-2



InterAgency Journal 8-2
Inside this issue: Features Weapons of Mass Destruction: Current Questions for the Interagency by John Mark Mattox Additive Manufacturing: Implications for the Interagency’s Nuclear Counterproliferation Task by John W. Andrews Importing Nuclear Weapons Through the Selectively- Permeable Border of the United States by William T. Eckles A Nation Unprepared: Bioterrorism… Read More

Jaax speaks on ebola, biological warfare



Jaax speaks on ebola, biological warfare
Dr. Jerry Jaax, Colonel (Ret.), U.S. Army Veterinarian Corps, and former Kansas State University Associate Vice Provost for Research Compliance, visited Fort Leavenworth on 1 May as part of the Simons Center’s Interagency Speaker Series. Jaax is a world renowned expert in the field of pandemic infectious disease control, serving … Read More

DoD officials discuss WMDs, new threats



DoD officials discuss WMDs, new threats
On March 23, senior defense officials spoke before the House Committee on Armed Services on the subject of traditional weapons of mass destruction and the use of new synthetic biological tools. Dr. Arthur T. Hopkins, acting assistant secretary for nuclear, chemical and biological defense programs, testified on the Department of… Read More

NDU publishes WMD proceedings



NDU publishes WMD proceedings
Earlier this month, the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction at National Defense University published the latest edition of Proceedings. The latest edition examines four pressing weapons of mass destruction (WMD) challenges for the next U.S. administration. These WMD challenges are: The growing prospect of a direct… Read More

GAO reports on progress in CBRN response



GAO reports on progress in CBRN response
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report assessing the Department of Defense’s (DoD) progress incorporating the Homeland Response Force into the chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) response enterprise. DoD is expected to play a prominent role in supporting civil authorities in a CBRN incident, and the Homeland… Read More