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"Dan Gerstein has carefully and realistically set out the dangers of a terrorist biological attack in the 21st century. The threat is evolving, and the determination and motivations of modern terrorists makes such an attack more possible than ever. It is urgent that the United States and its citizens prepare and be emotionally prepared for such a catastrophe so that our certain reaction inflicts punishment on our enemies, and not on the liberties of all Americans. Dan Gerstein adds to the body of knowledge we need in this time of technological possibility and violent danger." JAMES S. GILMORE III, Chairman, Gilmore Commission on Homeland Security, 1999-2003
"Dan Gerstein presents a thoughtful and balanced review of the terrorist threat and the potential of biotechnology to give terrorists a novel weapon. He reviews actions that the U.S. government has taken since 2001 and offers a sound process by which to develop and prioritize the necessary actions required to protect U.S. citizens from this threat. This book is a "must read" for any serious homeland security policy analyst." AL MAURONI, author of Where are the WMDs? The Reality of Chem-Bio Threats on the Homefront and the Battlefield
"Daniel Gerstein has done the country a great service. In one all-inclusive volume he has addressed the most dangerous threat this nation faces. As Dr. Gerstein so clearly demonstrates, modern technology is rapidly putting the capability to create even the most deadly pathogens within the grasps of civilization's sworn enemies. For anyone interested in understanding the magnitude of the bio-terror threat and what we can and must do the avert it, then this book is their first stop. If this country is to have any hope of averting a calamity that could rival the Black Plague in scope and lethality then it must heed the warnings so dramatically laid bare in this book." JIM LACEY, editor of The Canons of Jihad: Terrorists' Strategy for Defeating America
"This comprehensive analysis of bio-terrorism could not be more timely. The book opens with the impact of globalization on the spread of infectious disease and the world witnesses the swine flu pandemic; it discusses medical problems as President Obama and the Congress struggle with health reform. Let us hope relevant political decision-makers and the medical community will read this important book." C.L. GILBERT, MD, Professor of Medicine, George Washington University.
|1:00PM - 2:30PM||Panel Focus Questions:
What challenges would our security agencies, healthcare systems, and first responders face if a more lethal virus evolved?
How strong is our preparedness-and-response architecture?
Is the U.S. emergency care system in crisis? |
Author of "Bioterror in the 21st Century: Emerging Threats in a New Global Environment"
Daniel M. Gerstein is strategist and policy expert with a PhD in Biodefense. He has served in the security and defense fields in a variety of strategic and operational assignments dealing with national strategy, arms control, international negotiations, and conflict analysis. A resident
of Alexandria, VA, he is the author of Securing America's Future, Leading at the Speed of Light, and Assignment Pentagon.
Daniel Gerstein draws on twenty-nine years of experience in the security and defense sectors to address the threat of bioterrorism in the twenty-first century. He warns that while the proliferation of knowledge and capabilities in the field of biotechnology offers ever-increasing opportunities for scientific breakthroughs, the potential for the misuse of that knowledge also increases. Gerstein takes a classic game theory approach in his analysis of the potential for a bioterror attack in the
future. His examination provides an objective capability for assessing threats, understanding emerging trends, and developing mitigation strategies. However, in the end the book is less about predicting future behavior than about understanding the framework in which dangerous capabilities are allowed to proliferate. The study also makes a valuable contribution to the debate over perceived threats and vulnerabilities in this new global environment.
Executive Director, Commission on the Prevention of Weapons on Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, former Director of The Institute for Homeland Security
Colonel Randall J. Larsen, USAF (Ret), became the executive director of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism in April 2009. He previously served as the founding director of The Institute for Homeland Security, as a senior fellow at the Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and as the chairman of the Department of Military Strategy and Operations at the National War College.
He was one of the first witnesses to testify before the 9-11 Commission, and since 9-11 he has served as an expert witness to the Senate Armed Services, Senate Judiciary, House Government Reform, House Homeland Security, and House Budget Committees. In March 2005, he designed and ran a two-day workshop and tabletop exercise for the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security. He was a member of the 2003 Defense Science Board Study on Homeland Security, and is a member of the National Speakers Association and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Col. Larsen is the author of Our Own Worst Enemy: Asking the Right Questions About Security to Protect You, Your Family, and America (Grand Central Publications, 2007). His articles have been published in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Post, Business Week, and Ripon Forum. Since 2002, he has served as a CBS News consultant/on-camera analyst, and as co-host of a weekly, one-hour show on Federal News Radio in Washington DC.
Col. Larsen?s former leadership positions include: vice president and corporate officer (one of only five) in a 400-person consulting firm; chief of legislative liaison at the U.S. Transportation Command; and commander of America?s VIP fleet of aircraft at Andrews Air Force Base Maryland, where he was responsible for 1,000 people, 47 airplanes and helicopters, and a $150 million annual operating budget. He also served four years as a military attach? at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand.
Col. Larsen has flown a wide range of military and civilian aircraft including supersonic jets, large transport aircraft, airliners and executive jets, plus 400 combat missions in Vietnam in helicopter gunships. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, 17 awards of the Air Medal (3 with "V" Device for Valor), and the South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
Director of the Center for Health and Homeland Security, University of Maryland
Professor Michael Greenberger
Center for Health and Homeland Security
Michael Greenberger is the Director of the Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) at the University of Maryland and a professor at the School of Law. CHHS works on a broad range of homeland security and emergency response issues for federal, state and local governmental agencies, as well as medical researchers, and has a staff of more than 50 professionals. More information about CHHS can be found at www.umaryland.edu/healthsecurity/.
Professor Greenberger designed and teaches two courses focused on counterterrorism and emergency response: "Homeland Security and The Law of Counterterrorism," which will be taught in the Law School for the ninth time this coming semester; and "Law and Policy of Emergency Public Health Response Seminar/Course," bringing students and faculty from the various university professional schools together to study effective governmental policies pertaining to catastrophic public health emergencies. Professor Greenberger also teaches Constitutional Law and a seminar on Futures, Options and Derivatives at the Law School.
In 1999, Professor Greenberger began service as Counselor to the United States Attorney General, and then became the Justice Department's Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General. In the latter capacity, Professor Greenberger assisted the United States Attorney General and Associate Attorney General in supervising the work of the Justice Department?s Civil, Civil Rights, Environmental, Antitrust, and Tax Divisions. Also within his portfolio of responsibilities were several counterterrorism projects concerning both law enforcement and public health policy, including organizing a nationwide counterterrorism war game ("TOPOFF I").
Prior to entering government service, Professor Greenberger was a partner for over 20 years in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Shea & Gardner, where he served as lead litigation counsel before courts of law nationwide, including the United States Supreme Court.
In 1997, Professor Greenberger left private practice to become the Director of the Division of Trading and Markets at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. In that capacity, he was responsible for supervising exchange traded futures and derivatives. He also served on the Steering Committee of the President's Working Group on Financial Markets, and as a member of the International Organization of Securities Commissions' Hedge Fund Task Force. Professor Greenberger has frequently been asked to testify before Congressional committees on issues pertaining to dysfunctions within the United States economy caused by complex and unregulated financial derivatives, and he is currently serving as the technical advisor to the United Nations Commission of Experts of the President of the UN General Assembly on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System. He has also recently appeared both in the media and at academic gatherings to discuss financial regulation, including appearances on CNN, ABC?s ?World News Tonight,? the CBS Evening News, the NBC Evening News, CNBC, MSNBC, The Jim Lehrer News Hour, NPR's "Fresh Air," BBC Radio, PBS's "Frontline," and C-SPAN. Professor Greenberger?s recent testimony and related media can be found at www.michaelgreenberger.com.
Professor Greenberger is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Lafayette College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review. He is a Life Member of the American Law Institute and he has served on the Board of Governors of the D.C. Bar and as a board member of three nonprofit public interest organizations. Professor Greenberger has also served on the D.C. Circuit Advisory Committee on Procedures and as a mediator for the United States Courts for the District of Columbia.