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Virtual Program—Biological and Chemical Weapons Security and the War in Ukraine

Watch the Bulletin’s virtual broadcast “Biological and Chemical Weapons Security and Warfare in Ukraine” featuring Asha George and Robert Pope in conversation with Matt Field.

These experts discussed topics such as the role of US-backed biological labs in Ukraine, what Russia’s alleged use of poisons and chemical weapons in the past reveals about its intentions to use them in Ukraine. future, and how disinformation about the use of biological weapons in Ukraine is weakening. global security. Watch a recording of the program above to learn more.

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Asha Georges is the executive director of the bipartisan Commission on Biodefense. She is a public health security professional whose research and programmatic focus has been practical, academic and political. George served in the United States House of Representatives as a senior professional staff member and staff director of the subcommittee of the House Committee on Homeland Security of the 110th and 111th Congresses. She has worked for a variety of organizations including government contractors, foundations and non-profits. As an entrepreneur, she has supported and worked with all federal departments, especially the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services. George also served on active duty in the United States Army as a military intelligence officer and as a paratrooper. She is a decorated veteran of the Desert Storm. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Natural Science from Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is also a graduate of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at Harvard University.

Robert Pope, a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES), is the director of the Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) directorate of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). In his director role, he executes the CTR mission to work with international partners to eliminate weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and related materials, including delivery systems, to provide safe and secure storage for materials of concern. , and to detect and prevent the proliferation of WMD or the spread of particularly dangerous diseases. Pope holds a doctorate in physics from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

Matt Field is editor, Disruptive Technologies, at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Prior to joining the Bulletin, he covered the White House, Congress, and presidential campaigns as a news producer for Japanese public television. He has also reported for Midwestern and East Coast print. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.