11 Questions the U.S. Senate Should Ask the Nominee for Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense

U.S. Marine Corps chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) defense specialists with Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron suit up in level B hazardous material suits during a training exercise at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, Calif., April 30, 2013.…

8 Questions the U.S. Senate Should Ask Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins On Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats

Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins speaks on the plenary session of the Halifax International Security Forum, “Nukes: The Fire and the Fury”, November 18, 2017 By Yong-Bee Lim and Bill Beaver U.S. President Joe Biden has nominated a number of veteran diplomats…

6 Key Takeaways from the Biden Administration’s Budget Request & Interim National Security Strategic Guidance

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris pose with the full Cabinet for an official group photo in the Grand Foyer of the White House, April 1, 2021. By Yong-Bee Lim and Bill Beaver It is now clear that…

BRIEFER: Key U.S. Initiatives for Addressing Biological Threats Part 1

By Bill Beaver, Yong-Bee Lim, Christine Parthemore, and Andy Weber In 2006, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) launched a program to explore new approaches to combating bioterrorism and biological weapons programs.[1] The vision was a versatile process that can…

10 + 10 Over 10: A Funding Vision for the U.S. Fight Against Biological Threats

U.S. President Biden and Vice President Harris meet with bipartisan group of governors and mayors on COVID relief - Feb 12, 2021 By Andrew Weber and Yong-Bee Lim Operation Warp Speed - the program of major U.S. government investments that…

RELEASE: The Council on Strategic Risks and Sandia National Laboratories Issue New Report on Lessons from COVID-19 for Stopping Biological Threats

Washington, DC and Livermore, CA, February 24, 2021 —  The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to take devastating tolls on America and the world, with hundreds of thousands of deaths and millions of infections in the United States alone.  In August…

Protecting Against Biological Threats: Recommendations for the Global Posture Review

By Bill Beaver, Yong-Bee Lim, Christine Parthemore and Andy Weber On February 4, 2021, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III released a statement on the initiation of a Global Posture Review (GPR) - a comprehensive review of the U.S.…

RELEASE: The Council on Strategic Risks Offers Recommendations for the Next U.S. Administration on Biological, Climate and Nuclear Threats

Washington, DC, October 20, 2020 - Today, the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) released important new policy recommendations: “Confronting Systemic Security Risks: Proposals for the Next U.S. Administration.” The briefer offers policy ideas for consideration by the national security leaders…

Early Warning in Preventing Future Pandemics: Incredible Opportunity & Major Hurdles

Data will be one of the central components of preventing future outbreaks from growing to pandemic proportions. This holds for natural disease outbreaks and for deliberate biological attacks. Our tools and methods for collecting, analyzing, and using data are incredible…

Kazakhstan’s new national laboratory is a regional resource for a global cause

By the Hon. Andy Weber and Dr. Richard Pilch On January 1 of this year, a new biosafety lab came online in Kazakhstan.  Recently, some voices in China and the Russian Federation have questioned the impetus for the national biosafety…