This Week in DC: Events

Don’t forget the Biodefense Policy Series inaugural lecture  is this Wednesday at 7:20PM! The seminar will feature Dr. Charles Bailey, Executive Director of the National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases. Click here for more details – we hope to see you there! 

DC EventsTuesday, March 19th

Setting Priorities for American Leadership: A New National Security Strategy for the U.S.’
12:30 – 2:00PM
Johns Hopkins University SAIS

Jim Goldgeier, co-chair of the Project for a United and Strong America and dean of American University’s School of International Studies; Kurt Volker, co-chair of the Project for a United and Strong America, executive director of Arizona State University’s McCain Institute for International Leadership and senior fellow at the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR); and Hans Binnendijk (moderator), CTR senior fellow and visiting scholar, will discuss this topic.

Wednesday, March 20th

Awareness and Impressions of Synthetic Biology: Results of the 2013 Poll
12:00 – 2:00PM
Woodrow Wilson Center

In our latest survey, conducted in January 2013, three-fourths of respondents say they have heard little or nothing about synthetic biology, a level consistent with that measured in 2010. While initial impressions about the science are largely undefined, these feelings do not necessarily become more positive as respondents learn more. The public has mixed reactions to specific synthetic biology applications, and almost one-third of respondents favor a ban on synthetic biology research until we better understand its implications and risks…Please join us Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at noon to discuss the complete results from the latest poll. A light lunch will be served beginning at 11:30 am.

Counterterrorism Policies and Priorities: Addressing the Evolving Threat
2:15PM
U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (Senate Dirksen 419)

Witnesses include: Jane Harman (President, CEO Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars), Michael E. Leiter (Senior Counselor to the CEO, Palantir; former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center), Kenneth L. Wainstein (Partner, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; Former Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism)

Biodefense Policy Series
7:20 PM
George Mason University (Johnson Center Meeting Room B)

Dr. Charles Bailey is the Executive Director of the National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases. He manages a Biosafety Level -3 containment laboratory and conducts translational research aimed at developing diagnostics, antiviral drugs, therapeutics and vaccines against biological threat pathogens or newly emerging infectious diseases. Prior to joining George Mason, Dr. Bailey served in the US Army for 25 years where he conducted research on arthropod borne viral diseases in the US, Southeast Asia and Africa. Dr. Bailey also served as a senior analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency and as an analyst for the Battelle Memorial Institute.

Thursday, March 21st

Why this defense drawdown must be different for the Pentagon
9:00 AM
American Enterprise Institute

America’s military drawdown is well underway. For years, the Pentagon has been cutting capability and capacity, scaling back war plans, absorbing ever more efficiencies, canceling weapons systems, and reducing readiness in response to roughly $1 trillion in defense budget cuts before sequestration. The onset of sequestration means that this approach is no longer feasible…At this event, AEI’s Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies will host a panel of defense experts to discuss the right and wrong ways to further cut the defense budget.

Friday, March 22nd

Phantom Menace or Looming Danger?: A New Framework for Assessing Bioweapons Threats
12:00PM – 1:30PM
Woodrow Wilson Center

This book discussion event with author Kathleen Vogel is part of an ongoing series that provides a forum for policy specialists from Congress and the Executive, business, academia, and journalism to exchange information and share perspectives on current nonproliferation issues.

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