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Emerging Nuclear and CBW Challenges and Management Opportunities: A PASCC Workshop

On March 11, 2016, PASCC hosted its semi-annual workshop at the National Academy of Sciences Keck Center in Washington, DC to present PASCC-sponsored research on emerging nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons challenges and management opportunities. At this half-day event, experts briefed their findings from ongoing and recently completed research projects and international workshops, followed by a Q&A.


Date: Friday, March 11, 2016

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

Location: The National Academy of Sciences Keck Center,  500 5th Street, NW Washington, DC 20001



Welcome and Introductory Remarks (8:30-8:45)

Hunter LutinskiDirector, J2/5/8R, Defense Threat Reduction Agency

James Clay MoltzProfessor and Director of PASCC, Naval Postgraduate School


Panel 1: Nuclear Weapons and Regional Stability Focus (8:45-10:15)

Chair: Micah Lowenthal, U.S. National Academy of Sciences 

David Albright, Institute for Science and International Security

Drawing Lessons from the Case of South Africa’s Disarmament for Today

Rita Guenther, U.S. National Academy of Sciences

U.S. – Russian Academies of Sciences Security Dialogue

Roy Kamphausen, The National Bureau of Asian Research

Space, Cybersecurity, and Strategic Stability in the Asia-Pacific

Thomas Mahnken, Johns Hopkins University SAIS

U.S., Australian, and Japanese Perspectives on a Changing Security Environment


Break (10:15-10:45)


Panel 2: Biological and Chemical Weapons Focus  (10:45-12:00)

Chair: Benjamin J. Rusek, U.S. National Academy of Sciences

Katherine Bowman, U.S. National Academy of Sciences

Assessing the Implications of Advances in Sciences and Technology for the Biological Weapons Convention

Anita Cicero, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

U.S. – Singapore – Malaysia – Indonesia Multilateral Dialogue in Biosecurity

Orde Kittrie, Arizona State University

Next Steps Towards a Middle East Free of Chemical Weapons 


Closing Remarks (12:00-12:10)

Michael MalleyExecutive Director of PASCC, Naval Postgraduate School

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The Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMD (PASCC) supports research activities that benefit the public through analysis and engagement to reduce and counter the threats posed by WMD/WME. PASCC seeks to:

  • Cultivate national and international research community partnerships across domains
  • Bring scientific, technical, and social science faculty/experts together
  • Look ahead to help understand and anticipate WMD/WME capabilities and threats

We encourage you to take a look at our Research in Progress (RIP) summaries for our new and ongoing projects. These RIP sheets describe the strategic relevance and proposed approach to each project, and are published when a project receives funding; they do not include project findings or conclusions. 


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For more information about PASCC, please check out our About PASCC page or download our latest Annual Report.

If you would like to be added to our contact list regarding the BAA and other PASCC announcements, or have questions about PASCC, please email us at pascc@nps.edu.

PASCC is sponsored by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency's Joint Directorate of Strategy, Plans and Resources.