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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
12:00 - 1:30 pm

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Elliott School of International Affairs
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The George Washington University
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This event in the news:

Averting Attacks
GW Today | June 16, 2011

Lieberman to Submit Reconfigured Biosecurity Bill
Global Security Newswire | June 15, 2011

Bioterrorism Bill Supporters Looking for Ways to Ensure Passage
CQ | June 15, 2011

 

 

 

 

Related HSPI Event

2009 WMD Symposium Featuring Former Senators Bob Graham and Jim Talent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overview

The Homeland Security Policy Institute and the Bipartisan WMD Terrorism Research Center (WMD Center) recently welcomed Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Representative Mike Rogers (R-MI), and former Senators Bob Graham (D-FL) and Jim Talent (R-MO) - who now serve as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the WMD Center for a Policy & Research Forum entitled "The Threat of Bioterrorism: Improving America's Response Capabilities.

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The distinguished panelists discussed the WMD bills before the Senate and the House of Representatives, the role such legislation might play in improving America's resilience to an act of bioterrorism, and the reauthorization of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act.

Moderated By:

Frank J. Cilluffo

Director, Homeland Security Policy Institute

Frank J. Cilluffo, an Associate Vice President at The George Washington University leads GW's homeland security efforts on policy, research, education, and training. Cilluffo directs the multi-disciplinary Homeland Security Policy Institute, a nonpartisan “think and do tank” that builds bridges between theory and practice to advance homeland security through a multi and interdisciplinary approach.

Featured Speakers

Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT)Lieberman (I-CT)
Chairman, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
Senator Joe Lieberman is now in his fourth and final term representing Connecticut in the United States Senate. Senator Lieberman is Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which is responsible for oversight of the Department of Homeland Security and assuring the efficiency and effectiveness of the Federal Government. In addition, he is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, where he is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Airland and sits on the Personnel and Seapower Subcommittees; and the Small Business Committee.


Representative Mike Rogers (R-MI)King (R-NY)
Chairman, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
Representative Mike Rogers is serving his sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Representative Rogers is Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and also serves on the Health Subcommittee and the Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee of the House's Energy and Commerce Committee. As a member of the Intelligence Committee, Rogers issued a report on Iran's nuclear ambitions, wrote a bill to protect against chemical and biological threats, and co-wrote a bill to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.


Former Senator Bob Graham (D-FL)Graham (D-FL)
Chairman, WMD Commission
Chairman, WMD Center
Senator Bob Graham served three terms in the Senate representing the people of Florida, during which he chaired the Senate's Select Committee on Intelligence. During his final term, Graham co-sponsored the bill to create the Director of National Intelligence position and co-chaired the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001. After leaving the Senate, Graham served as the Chairman of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, and now serves as the Chairman of the WMD Terrorism Research Center.

 

Former Senator Jim Talent (R-MO)Talent (R-MO)
Vice Chairman, WMD Commission
Vice Chairman, WMD Center
Senator Jim Talent served Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives for eight years, from 1993 to 2001. While in the House, Senator Talent served on the House Armed Services Committee and served as Chairman of the House Committee on Small Business. As a senator, Talent served on the Senate's Armed Services Committee, and Chair of its Sea Power Subcommittee. After leaving the Senate, Talent served as Vice Chairman of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, and now serves as the Vice Chairman of the WMD Terrorism Research Center.

 

Resources

Bascetta, Cynthia. (2011) "Developing and Acquiring Medical Countermeasures Against Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Agents." Testimony before the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives. Washington, DC; Government Accountability Office

Cannon, Ellen. (2011) "Anthrax Attack Remains Major National Security Threat." Chicago, IL; Examiner.com

Center for Biosecurity. (2011) "Considerations for the Reauthorization of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA)." Congressional Seminar Series on Biological and Nuclear Security. Pittsburgh, PA; University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Garza, Alexander. (2011) "Taking Measure of Countermeasures." Testimony before the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives. Washington, DC; Department of Homeland Security

Global Security Newswire. (2011) "Lawmakers Move to Renew Biodefense Law." Washington, DC; National Journal Group

Jean, Grace V. (2011) "U.S. Strategy To Combat Bioterrorism Takes Global View." Washington, DC; National Defense

Kimery, Anthony. (2011) "Fed's CBRN Countermeasures Development Efforts Problematic." Arlington, VA; HSToday.us

National Institues of Health. (2011) Project BioShield Act of 2004 [P.L. 108-276]. Washington, DC; Office of Legislative Policy and Analysis.

Schnirring, Lisa. (2011) "Senate starts work on preparedness law reauthorization." Minneapolis, MN; CIDRAP

 


About HSPI's Policy & Research Forum Series

HSPI's Policy & Research Forum Series spotlights cutting-edge security policy solutions and innovative research.  The Series is designed to provide thought leaders in the United States and abroad with a uniquely constructive venue in which to discuss current and future security issues and challenges.

 

About The Bipartisan WMD Terrorism Research Center

The Bipartisan WMD Terrorism Research Center is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) research and education organization founded in March 2010 by the chair, vice chair, and executive director of the Congressional Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism. It is the WMD Center's mission to serve as an honest broker between government and the American public to ensure individual, community, and national progress in strengthening the nation's capabilities to respond to man-made or naturally-occurring bio-threats.