Beyond the Lab-Leak Question: Focusing on Global Efforts to Address Biological Threats

U.S. Marine Corps chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) defense specialists with Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron (MWHS) 3, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, April 30, 2013. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Keonaona C. Paulo 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Combat Camera/Released).…

BRIEFER: Pathogen Early Warning – New Technologies and Approaches

By Bill Beaver, Sid Sharma M.D., Dr. Jacob Swett, Dr. Nikki Teran, Dr. Natasha Bajema, and Dr. Yong-Bee Lim For the world to be ready for the next pathogen outbreak, it needs to bolster early warning via technologies like metagenomic…

BRIEFER: Key U.S. Initiatives for Addressing Biological Threats Part 3 – The Biological Threat Reduction Program

By Bill Beaver, Christine Parthemore, and Dr. Nikki Teran  Today the Nolan Center, an institute of the Council on Strategic Risks, is releasing a briefer on the future of a key yet little-known U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) program for…

We’re Hiring: Full Time Position for Addressing Biological Threats

The Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) seeks to hire a full-time team member focused on addressing biological threats. This is an entry-level position. The person in this role will work closely with CSR’s CEO Christine Parthemore, Senior Fellow Andy Weber,…

Initial Reactions to the Biden Budget: Takes Systemic Security Risks Seriously, But More Is Needed

Perhaps more than any executive branch budget submission in history, the first budget released by the Biden administration today takes the gravity of transnational, systemic security risks seriously and begins significant investments in addressing them. Yet there will be more…

Questions the U.S. Senate Should Ask Key Nominees On Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Threats

By Bill Beaver, Yong-Bee Lim, Christine Parthemore and Andy Weber As the past few years have taught the United States and the global community, nuclear, chemical, and biological (NCB) threats are both very real and loom larger than they have…

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…