Colonel Jean D. Reed, US Army (retired), was named a Potomac Institute Senior Fellow in June 2010, following a distinguished career of four and one-half years as Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Chemical Biological Defense and Chemical Demilitarization and almost fifty years combined military and civilian government service.  As Deputy Assistant, Mr. Reed was responsible for oversight, coordination, and integration of the chemical and biological medical and non-medical defense program throughout the Department of Defense and the program for destruction of the United States stockpile of lethal chemical agents and munitions, each program totaling over $1.5 billion annually.  He was instrumental in advancing the U.S. capability for countering emerging biological and chemical threats, establishing the highly successful, five-year, $1.7 billion Transformational Medical Technology Initiative – now the U.S. model for development of advanced medical countermeasures – and the focused DoD and Interagency program for accelerated development and fielding of countermeasures against Non-Traditional Agents.
Mr. Reed served for 15 years as a professional staff member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Armed Services, where he had principal responsibility for staff oversight of Navy research and development, Defense-wide science and technology, chemical-biological defense, and chemical weapons demilitarization programs.  He was a principal member of the Committee staff team on the Persian Gulf War; principal staff member for the Committee's special inquiry into the chemical and biological threat and co-author of the inquiry's 1993  report, "Countering the Chemical and Biological Weapons Threat in the Post-Soviet World;" and also principal staff member for the Research and Development Sub-Committee’s series of  hearings on Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism and Information Assurance.

Colonel Reed’s military career included 30 years' progressive experience in a succession of line and staff positions of increasing responsibility, including field artillery battery command, Army Materiel Command, two combat tours in Vietnam as an advisor and brigade operations and intelligence officer, US Field Artillery School combat developments, nuclear-capable field artillery battalion command, deputy commander of a  nuclear-capable corps artillery, major research and development laboratory command, and two tours on the Department of the Army General Staff.  As a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program manager and Assistant Director for Weapons Technology, he was responsible for the Assault Breaker and Tank Breaker weapon system demonstration programs (which were subsequently fielded as the Army Tactical Missile System and the Javelin medium anti-armor missile system).

Mr. Reed is an alumnus of the University of Oklahoma, where he was awarded a BS in Physics (with Distinction) in 1960 and an MS in physics in 1963.  He did post-graduate work in physics at Georgetown University in 1970-1971.  He is a graduate of the National War College, the Army War College, and the Army Command & General Staff College, where he earned the degree of Master of Military Art & Science.  He was a Research Fellow at the National Defense University and a Senior Army Fellow at the Army's Strategic Studies Institute. He is a member of the American Physical Society and Phi Beta Kappa. 


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