A new episode of “The General and the Ambassador: A Conversation” dropped on April 21. In this episode, Ambassador (retired) Deborah McCarthy interviews General Gary Volesky and Ambassador Deborah Malac on the part they played in the response to the Ebola epidemic in Liberia.
Together McCarthy and her guests examine… Read More
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… However, a decade and a half later, as the nation faced the 2014–2016 Ebola crisis, assessments of the U.S. government response led to a sobering conclusion: The U.S. still has not learned the lessons of Dark Winter...
In a new interview, Wade Warren, former acting U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator, discussed his 27 years at USAID. Current Administrator Mark Green spoke at Warren’s farewell, calling Warren a “walking encyclopedia of the agency, and crediting Warren with helping him understand USAID and its challenges.
During the… Read More
Rear Admiral R. Timothy Ziemer has left the National Security Council (NSC) and the global health security team he oversaw has been disbanded. Ziemer, described as “one of the most quietly effective leaders in public health,” was the Trump administration’s senior director for global health security and biodefense at the… Read More
Application of the Ethical Triangle in the 2014 Ebola Epidemic: A Case Study
by Katie Martinez and Marcos Martinez
Since 1976 there have been 25 Ebola outbreaks reported worldwide. Eight of these outbreaks occurred in the West Africa region. Although recent drug research shows promising results, there are… Read More
Inside this issue:
A Brief History of Scandals: Special Oversight Challenges
in National Security Interrogations
by Erik Jens
A CGSC International Hall of Fame Member and
the CIA’s Covert Action in 1954
by John G. Breen
Application of the Ethical Triangle in the 2014 Ebola Epidemic:
A Case Study… Read More
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
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
Career Minister Dr. Dirk Dijkerman recently visited Fort Leavenworth as part of a Simons Center special speakers program. Dijkerman is a retired U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Career Minister with a vast amount of experience in the agency, most notably serving as the Executive Coordinator for the U.S. Ebola… Read More
Before the Next Outbreak: Prepare for Everything Together
by Jeremy Hershfield, Conrad Wilmoski and Kelly Meister
Pandemic diseases are one of the top security threats to the U.S. Naturally, the prospect of a highly contagious disease incapacitating and/or killing large numbers of U.S. citizens is a vitally important… Read More