More speakers confirm

As well as JPEO CBD, JPM Sensors and SCDF, we also now have a speaker from the Office of the Secrtary of Defense. We are delighted to welcome Vanessa Eddy, Senior Biodefense Advisor for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security onto the programme! More information on the programme can be found here

Four days of bitesize lectures, a virtual exhibition, all kinds of prizes to be won and all for FREE! Pre-register via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and registration will go live on October 2.  

Exhibitors

Our Exhibitors list is growing by the day.  We plan to publish the full list in the next few weeks, so hold on to your hats masks - it's going to be a goodie.

Christopher Seacord

Mr. Christopher R. Seacord is the Joint Project Manager CBRN Sensors.

Prior to joining the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense, Mr. Seacord served as the Product Manager/Director for Medium Caliber Ammunition, Project Manager Maneuver Ammunition Systems, under Program Executive Office Ammunition at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ. He served as the PM/PD from February 2007 to July 2018 and was responsible for the development of all Army medium caliber munitions and the procurement of all Services medium caliber munitions.

Before becoming a Department of the Army Civilian, Mr. Seacord served over 22 years on Active Duty as an Army Engineer and Acquisition Officer. He retired in October 2010 at the grade of Lieutenant Colonel and transitioned from the Product Manger to the Product Director for Medium Caliber Ammunition. His operational assignments included: Platoon Leader, 516th Engineer Company Medium Girder Bridge (MGB), Battalion Adjutant, 559th Engineer Battalion, and S-1/Brigade Adjutant, 130th Engineer Brigade, Hanau, Germany; Platoon Trainer, Engineer Officer Basic Course, Company Commander, Bravo Company, 2- 10 Infantry Regiment, 3rd Training Brigade, and Battle Lab Concept Officer, Engineer Directorate of Combat Developments, Fort Leonard Wood, MO. His acquisition assignments included: Team Leader and Deputy Division Chief, CECOM Acquisition Center – Washington, Alexandria, VA; Operations Officer, CECOM Force XXI Material Developer Cell, Fort Hood, TX; Program Integrator, DCMA – Milwaukee, Oshkosh Truck Corp., Oshkosh, WI; LOGCAP Support, Ramadi, Iraq and Senior Technical Integration Manager, Army Research Office, Durham, NC.

Mr. Seacord holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Information Systems Engineering from the University of Florida and a Master of Science in Information Systems Management from Marymount University. He is a member of the U.S. Army Acquisition Corps and is certified Level III in Program Management and Science and Technology Management. He is a native of Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Mr. Seacord has over thirty years of service with the Department of Defense as an Army Officer and DA Civilian. His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3rd OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2nd OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2nd OLC), Army Unit Superior Award, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary (GWOTE) Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Service (GWOTS) Medal. His civilian awards include the Superior Civilian Service Award.

Zachary Crossen

Zachary Crossen, Police Officer, Boston Police Department, Special Operations Division, Hazardous Materials Response Unit

Officer Zachary Crossen serves as a Police Officer for the Boston Police Special Operations Division, Hazardous Materials Response Unit (HMRU) and as a Captain in the Massachusetts Army National Guard.

Officer Crossen earned a BS degree in construction management from the Wentworth Institute of Technology, and received  a MA degree in criminal justice with a concentration in security studies from the University of Massachusetts.

Officer Crossen serves as a hazardous materials technician and liaison for the Boston Police Department. He also serves as a company commander in the Massachusetts Army National Guard. His unit’s domestic missions include the command and control of the Region 1 Homeland Response Force, which manages the regions Army and Air Force National Guard CBRNE assets.

Bitesize Boston 2020 Programme Update

We are pleased to announce new speakers have been added to the CBRNe Convergence 2020 - Bitesize Boston Programme.  

Signing on to join us, and bringing interesting talks to the table, are: 

  • Dr Jason Roos, Deputy JPEO for CBRN Defense

  • Michael Chua, Director HazMat Department, Singapore Civil Defence Force

  • Christopher Seacord, Joint Program Manager Sensors

  • Dr Martin Kulldorff, Professor at Harvard University Medical School

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Lt. Col. Edoardo Cavalieri D'Oro

Lt. Col.  Edoardo Cavalieri d'Oro has worked for the Italian National Fire and Rescue Services since 2004 and heads the CBRN unit in the region of Lombardy from the Milan headquarters since 2013.

He graduated in nuclear engineering at the Polytechnic of Milan and then specialized at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the areas of risk assessment applied to nuclear non-proliferation, and in the area of management and system design. Later on, he graduated at Tor Vergata University in Rome obtaining the certification as advisor in civil protection against CBRN events.

In 2018 he was nominated as national expert in CBRN and sits on a panel of national experts at the Directorate General European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid currently working on the design of new CBRN international modules for emergencies.

In addition to the tasks related to the CBRN, from 2018 Edoardo holds the position of national coordinator for the INSARAG activities of the Heavy USAR team certified at the end of 2018.

He has participated in various missions including the earthquakes in Italy in 2016 and in 2012, and in the planning operations of the Genoa Bridge and Bologna Bridge accidents in 2018.  At the end of 2019, he headed the USAR Coordination Cell of the earthquake in Albania managing more than 15 teams and 500 units. Following the devastating explosion that occurred in in summer of 2020 in Lebanon, he has been sending CBRN specialists to map chemical risks in the affected area. During the covid.19 crisis, he designed the only laboratory for the diagnosis of SARS-COV-2 managed by fire and rescue services operators.

Edoardo is the author of various publications in the field of risk assessment, of the NBCR and of the use of rescue technologies, including the system called Space Fly Multiagent (SFM) designed for the emergency response of major NBCR events.

Dr Tomoya Saito

Dr Tomoya Saito, MD, MPH, PhD

Director, Department of Health Crisis Management, National Institute of Public Health, Japan

Dr. Saito is a distinguished expert in public health emergency preparedness and response, especially on biological events such as pandemics, emerging diseases, and bioterrorism. He is a member of COVID-19 Response Task Force in MHLW. He is also advising national and local governments on public health preparedness for a mass-gathering event. He has provided various table-top exercises for pandemic and bioterrorism response for local governments. From 2011 to 2014, Dr. Saito was a medical officer at the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) of Japan in charge of medical countermeasure preparedness for CBRN events and coordination for responding to public health emergencies.

He coordinated public health and medical response to the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster in 2011. He also directed technical management and coordination of preparedness and response to emerging diseases such as influenza A/H7N9, MERS, SFTS and Ebola virus diseases. Before joining MHLW, Dr. Saito was the instructor in the Department of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology and conducted a pandemic flu surveillance study and a clinical research on smallpox vaccine. He planned and organized a project on promoting bioterrorism preparedness and related R&D at Keio University Global Security Research Institute as a project manager from 2007 to 2011.

He received his M.D. from the School of Medicine, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan, his M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Medicine, Keio University.

Colonel Donald J. Riley

Colonel Donald J. Riley Jr. UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS, Commanding Officer Chemical Biological Incident Response Force.

Colonel Riley has been the Commanding Officer of CBIRF since March 2019. He previously served as the Staff Judge Advocate (SJA), Marine Corps Combat Development Command (2011-2014); as a trial counsel and legal assistance officer at Marine Corps Air Station, New River (1993-1995); and as the military justice officer, review officer, and assistant officer-in-charge, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, Camp Lejeune (2003-2006).

Joint tours include service as an associate general counsel in the Department of Defense Office of General Counsel (2018-2019), as the Legal Counsel to the Commander, United States Africa Command (2014-2018), as the Deputy SJA and Chief, Operational Law at United States Central Command (2006-2009), and as a program manager with the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (1999- 2001).

Operational tours include concurrent service as the Legal Advisor to the Commander, International Security Assistance Force and the SJA to Commander, US Forces Afghanistan in Kabul, Afghanistan (2012-2013). Additionally, Col Riley completed deployments to the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf as the SJA, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (1995-1998), and served as the Regimental Judge Advocate, Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division (Rein), I Marine Expeditionary Force, during combat operations in Al Anbar, Iraq (2004-2005). Col Riley served as the Commanding Officer, Region 7 (North and West Africa), Marine Corps Embassy Security Group (2009-2011), and as an advisor to the Sierra Leone Armed Forces with the British International Military Advisory and Training Team (2002).

Col Riley is a graduate of the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College (correspondence), and the Air War College (distance). He has a M.A. (with distinction) in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School and holds an additional designation as a regional affairs officer for Sub-Saharan Africa. Billets: 1993: Student, the Basic School and Naval Justice School 1993-1995: Trial counsel and legal assistance officer at Marine Corps Air Station, New River 1995-1998: Staff Judge Advocate (SJA), 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Landing Force 6th Fleet x 2) 1998-1999: Student, Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School 1999-2001: Program manager, Defense Institute of International Legal Studies, Newport, Rhode Island 2002-2003: Student, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA 2002: Advisor to the Sierra Leone Armed Forces with the British International Military Advisory and Training Team (Individual Augment: June- September) 2003-2006: Military justice officer, review officer, and assistant officer-in-charge, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, Camp Lejeune 2004-2005: Regimental Judge Advocate, Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division (Rein), I Marine Expeditionary Force, during combat operations in Al Anbar, Iraq (Individual Augment: August-March) 2006-2009: Deputy SJA and Chief, Operational Law at United States Central Command 2009-2011: Commanding Officer, Region 7 (North and West Africa), Marine Corps Embassy Security Group 2011-2014: SJA, Marine Corps Combat Development Command 2012-2013: Concurrent service as the Legal Advisor to the Commander, International Security Assistance Force and the SJA to Commander, US Forces Afghanistan in Kabul, Afghanistan (Individual Augment: January 2012-February 2013) 2014-2018: Legal Counsel to the Commander, United States Africa Command 2018-2019: Associate general counsel in the Department of Defense Office of General Counsel

New Bitesize Boston Programme Available

An updated programme for our Bitsize Boston event is now available. Click here to see the line up of speakers we have prepared for our first virtual outing!

Chris Jackson

Former Remploy Frontline General Manager, Chris Jackson has operational and commercial experience covering 13 years across the CBRN/PPE space. The original pioneer of the Kestrel CBRN suit system, he developed a Thermal Load Reduction direction for the R&D function at Remploy and has continued to work on new suit development projects with the common theme of reducing stress on the end user.

Although his primary role in OPEC CBRNe is Commercial, he has continued to update his technical knowledge and completed Cranfield Universities ‘CBRN Defence Science’ course with that aim. Having also developed strong relationships with the major suppliers of technical textiles, the testing houses and ancillary suppliers, he has become a genuine all-rounder in the CBRN field.

Dr Jason Roos

Dr. Jason Roos serves as the Deputy Joint Program Executive Officer for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense.

He provides management and technical direction to the entire portfolio, the headquarters functions, and the Chief of Staff. Dr. Roos leads civilian and military multi-disciplinary teams whose mission is to protect the U.S. Joint Forces and nation from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats by generating affordable and state-of-the-art capabilities. As a career Army acquisition professional and Ph.D. scientist, he brings a unique blend of acquisition, technical and business expertise to the CBRN defense portfolio. Dr. Roos engages with Congressional members and staff, Army and Department of Defense on CBRN defense program management and execution. He also interfaces with the science and technology (S&T) community, and coordinates CBRN defense technology needs with DoD S&T agencies, interagency elements, international partners and commercial industry.

Dr. Roos has held numerous management positions within the JPEO-CBRND, leading innovation and reform in CBRN defense acquisition. He was the Director of the Biosurveillance Management Office (BMO), managing a portfolio of programs to field capabilities to enable early detection and warning of global health threats. Prior to the BMO, Dr. Roos led the Joint Product Management Office for Biosurveillance – Provisional where he conducted total life cycle management of the Joint Biological Agent Identification and Diagnostic System, the Next Generation Diagnostic System and the Critical Reagents Program.

Dr. Roos holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry from the College of the Holy Cross; a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from The Eisenhower School at National Defense University. He is a Certified Acquisition Professional.

Dr. Roos’ awards include the U.S. Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award, U.S. Army Superior Civilian Service Award, U.S. Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, U.S. Army Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, and Special Act Awards. Dr. Roos enjoys spending time with his wife, Brianne, and two daughters, Bridget and Deirdre.

Christina Flowers

Christina Flowers has over 15 years of experience working with city, state, and federal government in biothreat response operations, mobile/field laboratories, and CBRNE preparedness. She specializes in biological field identification and mitigation techniques, methods and doctrine, specializing in polymerase chain reaction [PCR] and melting curve analyses in austere environments. Christina has a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology and Health Administration, and a Bachelors of Science in Biology.  She is currently responsible for commercial account management for BioFire Defense: A technology innovation and product development company that has been supplying solutions to field forces and laboratories for biothreat detection and disease surveillance since 1990. 

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