Biosecurity: Confronting Existent and Emerging Unknowns

October 1, 2012, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
AAAS Auditorium
AAAS Event Page

The risk of lethal disease outbreak and the prospect of biological weapon terrorism have many concerned with biosecurity. The technology needed to monitor and respond to biothreats is highly sophisticated and still evolving both in capability and reliability. Differentiating between deliberate and natural outbreaks is a complex problem, and attribution requires scientific and legal proof. Policy makers must work within these limitations and balance public health with state security priorities. This panel will discuss, with no notes or slides, the grand and global challenges to forming biosecurity policies that ensure individual and national safety.




  • CDR Chris Bidwell, U.S. Navy, currently assigned to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and Chair of the Arms Control, Nonproliferation and Disarmament Interest Group Section of the American Society for International Law
  • Randall “Randy” Murch, Associate Director, Research Program Development, Center for Technology, Security, and Policy, Virginia Tech
  • Kristin Omberg, Deputy Division Leader, Decisions Applications Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory