"Preventing WMD Terrorism:

Past Lessons and Future Outlook"


March 23, 2017

Bill Gates recently warned world leaders at the Munich Conference of security threats from bioterrorism. Coupled with chemical, radiological, and nuclear dangers, we are in the midst of an age of “super terrorism.” In the face of this growing reality, a panel of experts assessed past lessons, identified potential concerns, and provided recommendations for the new U.S. administration and the international community to prevent, deter, and mitigate mass destruction challenges.

Opening remarks were given Michael S. SwetnamCEO and Chairman of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. The panel was moderated by Professor Yonah AlexanderDirector of the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. The panel consisted of: Dr. Rita ColwellDistinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park and the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Senior Fellow at Potomac Institute for Policy Studies; Dr. Susan Coller-MonarezDeputy Assistant Secretary for Strategy and Analysis, Office of Policy, Department of Homeland Security; Dr. Richard WeitzSenior Fellow and Director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at the Hudson Institute; Kyle OlsonPresident of The Olson Group, Ltd and a consultant to the public and private sectors on arms control issues such as chemical terrorism challenges; and The Hon. Tevi Troy, PhDCEO of the American Health Policy Institute, former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and author of Shall We Wake the President? Two Centuries of Disaster Management from the Oval Office. Closing remarks were given by General Alfred Gray, USMC (Ret.)Twenty-Ninth Commandant of the United States Marine Corps and Senior Fellow and Chairman of the Board of Regents at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

Watch the seminar below or on Ustream here.


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