NCT CBRNe USA 2015

Connecting the CBRNe Community

29 April-1 May 2015, Washington DC, USA

ABOUT OUR EVENT

Taking place in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area and close to the center of US decision making, NCT¬†CBRNe¬†USA 2015 assembled the ‚Äėcr√®me de la cr√®me‚Äô of U.S. CBRN stakeholders. Speakers and delegations took up the opportunity to discuss the state of U.S. CBRN preparedness and state of the art projects against the background of persisting challenges related to¬†CBRNe. Already with its first edition in the US, NCT¬†CBRNe¬†USA established a new level of high-quality CBRN shows.

NCT CBRNe USA 2015: Setting a benchmark for high-quality CBRN events of the future 

Giving an alternative to old-fashioned CBRN forums where stakeholders meet the same people and colleagues over and over again each year, NCT events are renowned for their high quality when it comes to international CBRN forums and to creating an interactive, intercultural CBRN community. However, NCT CBRNe USA 2015, the most recent member of the NCT CBRNe event series organized in cooperation with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), established a whole new level of event quality. Taking place at the Sheraton Reston Hotel from April 29 to May 1 in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area and therewith the heart of the United States, NCT CBRNe USA 2015 was this year’s place to be for meeting the country’s leading decision-makers. 

Including two live demonstrations, workshops with leading CBRN researchers and scientists, as well as an outstandingly high-level conference program, NCT¬†CBRNe¬†USA 2015 attracted the ‚Äėcr√®me de la cr√®me‚Äô of the US CBRN community: from Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins (Department of State) to Brig. Gen. JB Burton (U.S. Army 20th‚ÄĮCBRN Command), CDR Franca Jones (Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for CB Defense) and Carmen J. Spencer (JPEO-CBD), the high-level of attendance was unprecedented for a public CBRN event.¬†

Interactive training and display of the Fairfax County Hazardous Material Response Team 

The concept of NCT¬†CBRNe¬†USA 2015 was highly interactive: starting with a display and introduction of one of the country‚Äôs most sophisticated local Hazardous Material Response Teams (HMRT), the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, delegates were able to touch base with the whole response team. Captain Mark Nash from the Fairfax HMRT gave outstanding insights in their response SOPs and available equipment. He explained their detection and monitoring capabilities, dressing capabilities, sampling, evidence collection and their approaches and equipment for the decontamination of personnel and citizens ‚Äď for many delegates an outstanding opportunity to get a first-hand overview of the sophisticated capabilities of first responders dealing in first place with a CBRN incident.¬†

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Comprehensive conference program with high-ranking speakers and an innovation stream 

On June 1st, the NCT¬†CBRNe¬†USA conferences and exhibition welcomed over 250 participating national and international delegates. The conferences were chaired by Brig. Gen. (ret.) JB Burton, former Commander of the U.S. Army 20th CBRNE Command, and Guy Roberts, former Deputy Assistant Secretary General for WMD Policy at NATO. The main conference stream was opened by a plenary session with key-note speeches from¬†EdwardGabriel, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Simon¬†Limage, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Non-proliferation Programs, Maj. Gen.¬†Lein, Commander of the USAMRMC, Brig. Gen. King, Commander of the U.S. Army 20th‚ÄĮCBRNE Command and Will Hargett, Executive Vice President at ‚ÄĮBruker Detection Corporation. All the speakers underlined the evolving nature of the¬†CBRNe¬†threat environment and offered valuable insights in capability development programs at civil and military agencies in the US.¬†

The two-day conference provided comprehensive presentations on topics such as medical countermeasures, biological threats, domestic civil support for CBRN incidents, critical infrastructure protection and welcomed, among others, representatives from the FBI, National Guard, NYPD, FDNY, DTRA, USAMRICD and EPA.‚ÄĮIn addition to the main conference stream, NCT¬†CBRNe¬†USA hosted an Innovation Stream on June 1st‚ÄĮthat focused on novel solutions in¬†CBRNe¬†decontamination, detection, WMD proliferation and terrorism with presentations on novel technologies, best practices and state of the art solutions to tackle the¬†ever growing¬†threat of¬†CBRNe¬†challenges.¬†

The closing plenary of the conference on June 2nd‚ÄĮwelcomed a keynote speech by Douglas Bryce, Joint Program Executive Officer for Chemical and Biological Defense at the JPEO-CBD who presented the main roles of the JPEO-CBD in providing research, development and acquisition fielding of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear defense for the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy and Combatant Commands.¬†

NCT CBRNe USA 2015

Connecting the CBRNe Community

The Conference and ‚ÄėInnovation Stream‚Äô: A place for networking of outstanding quality and diversity¬†

The following two-day conference and workshops followed this interactive principle by assembling each single U.S. Department involved in CBRN response and respective homeland security activities (DoD, HHS, DHS, DoS, DoE). They brought with them their expert agencies such as NNSA, EPA, JPEO-CBD, ECBC, DTRA, and FDA. Political leaders such as His Excellency Prof. Dr. Aung Kyaw Myat (Deputy Minister of Science and Technology of Myanmar) and Senator Michael Balboni then lifted the whole event to another level and could be met in person on a coffee throughout the event at the VIP lounge. 

Topics discussed included the State Department‚Äôs international¬†CBRNe¬†threat reduction activities, measures introduced to help mitigate the risk of nuclear terrorism such as NNSA‚Äôs Office of Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence (NSDD), DTRA‚Äôs capability development for CBRN defense and the JUPITR ATD Program in Korea. However, stakeholders primarily dealing with CBRN issues are still the nation‚Äôs Armed Forces, most of all the U.S. Army‚Äôs 20th‚ÄĮCBRN Command represented by Brig. Gen. JB Burton. Together with the presentation of CDR Franca Jones (Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for CB Defense) and Lt. Aaron¬†Jozsef¬†(U.S. Coast Guard), his presentation gave an outstanding introduction into CBRN defense approaches as well as the respective transformation of requirements for CBRN defense on the battlefield.¬†

In addition, representatives of local first responders from Florida, Minnesota, Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, New Jersey and many others shared their expertise and case-studies either as speakers or attending delegates. This included overviews of the Cities Readiness Initiative (Stephanie Anspaugh-Naples, Florida Department of Health), the role of Public Health Laboratories in CBRN Crisis Management (Maureen Sullivan, Minnesota Department of Health), and CBRN response capabilities on the local level such as in Montgomery County Battalion Chief Christopher Feder (Montgomery HMRT). State of the Art of such civil CBRN response measures available was shown off in an outstanding live-demonstration of the ASPECT Program (Airborne Spectral Photometric Environmental Collection Technology) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). For 90 minutes, EPA showcased for the first time live the transmission and analysis of data received from their respective aircraft based in Texas and thereby offered attending delegates to sit down with them behind their computer and simulate a live CBRN incident scenario. 

Political leaders, military experts and local first responders were joined by outstanding researchers in the event‚Äôs ‚ÄėInnovation Stream‚Äô. For these workshops, leading scientists from all over the world were nominated after a call for papers from an official committee including representatives from DoS, HHS, the Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center (HDIAC) and the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). Within an interactive workshop setting they gave an outstanding overview of how science and research can assist in international CBRN response and risk management. From ISIS use of social media to preparedness for the next infectious disease, scenario-based training or the rapid detection of processed uranium in food, the array of presented studies was big. The line-up of more than 40 speakers in both the conference and the ‚ÄėInnovation Stream‚Äô was rounded up by Dr. Ellen Jorgensen from¬†Genspace, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting citizen science and access to biotechnology. Giving an introduction during the conference of what¬†DiY¬†biohacking can offer, she provided another¬†stand-point¬†of how science now provides potential terrorists with new opportunities, but how it can contribute to better preparedness, public health and response.¬†

Establishing innovation and quality in public CBRN shows: mission accomplished! 

By assembling leading politicians, Armed Forces, civil first responder agencies and diverse researchers in an innovative networking setting, NCT¬†CBRNe¬†USA 2015 accomplished its mission to establish a new kind of events that actually introduces international actors and ground-breaking experts in order to create a larger and interactive CBRN community. Communication is key, which is why the open exchange of expertise within a wide array of qualified and innovative experts, decision-makers and procurement stakeholders is necessary to better fight the threat of CBRN in the future. With its very first edition, NCT¬†CBRNe¬†USA 2015 already has an outstanding track record within the internationally successful NCT events series. To get an impression of the event, checkout the photos on‚ÄĮwww.facebook.com/ibconsultancy.¬†

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