Dr. Philipp C. Bleek is Associate Professor in the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies Program, Coordinator of the Cyber Collaborative, and Fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, al. at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. His research and teaching focuses on the causes, consequences, and amelioration of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons proliferation to both states and non-state actors.
Dr. Bleek previously served as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs. He has held fellowship at Council on Foreign Relations, Harvard University’s Belfer Center, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Center for New American Security, among others. He has also served as an advisor to several political campaigns, a consultant to the U.S. government and non-governmental organizations, and regularly participates in Track 2 dialogues. He is a former Emergency Medical Technician (New Jersey).
He recently co-authored, with Cyrus Jabbari, “Acid reign of terror” in CBRNe World (May 2020). This and other publications are available at his faculty page.
Dr Mark Tucker, Chief Scientific Officer, Decon7 Systems
Dr. Tucker recently retired from a 35-year career at Sandia National Laboratories where he was a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff. While at Sandia, his research focused on the development of technologies for the decontamination of CBW agents and other toxic chemical and biological materials. He is a co-inventor of the original DF-100 & the inventor of the modified and enhanced DF-200 formulation. He currently holds 18 U.S. patents related to decon and other technologies. Dr. Tucker also led or was a primary technical contributor on several large projects funded by DHSand/or the DoD that focused on the development/implementation of processes, procedures & technologies to rapidly restore critical infrastructure, critical assets, and urban areas following the release of a CBW agent o rother highly toxic materials. Dr. Tucker holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of New Mexico, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of New Mexico, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.S. in Engineering from Purdue University
Deputy to the Commander for Joint Task Force Civil Support, United States Northern Command
Mr. Michael A. Collins is the Deputy to the Commander of Joint Task Civil Support (JTF-CS), Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, USA in a Department of the Air Force civil service capacity. Collins joined JTF-CS in 2006 as a U.S. Navy Captain. JTF-CS is the nation’s only standing Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) JTF ready to deploy within 24 hours. If called upon, JTF-CS provides command and control of 5,200 federal military forces located at more than 36 locations throughout the nation acting in support of civil authority response operations. Collins graduated from Loyola University of the South in 1981 with a degree in Computer Science, and received his commission from Tulane University NROTC. He received his wings as a Naval Flight Officer in July 1982. He has over 3,200 flight hours in the EA-6B Prowler and 930 carrier arrested landings. Collins served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and received various awards for leadership.
CWA Decon Subject Matter Expert, First Line Technology
Chris Hodge has 20 years of experience in industry and with the Navy. During his time in industry, he served as the liaison to Milliken & Co. headquarters and process manager for two developmental equipment installations at the Pendleton Finishing Plant. He began at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) in 2002 with the Chemical, Biological, and Radiological (CBR) Defense Division working CBR Decontamination development efforts. After being promoted to senior scientist for his contributions and leadership of numerous projects in multiple divisions focused on delivering technology to the warfighter, Chris transitioned into the supervisory ranks as the Head of the CBR Concepts & Experimentation Branch. Chris served as technical reach back for the Navy's Material Developer for decontamination and in that role participated in numerous testing and evaluation (T&E) boards. He also served as a trusted subject matter expert for CBR Decontamination to the Joint Program Managers for Decontamination and Protection under the JPEO CBD.
He currently serves as the Director of Technical Development for NSWCDD, where his primary responsibilities include K-12 STEM outreach programs and University engagement activities for the command. He also serves as a consultant, providing subject matter expertise regarding decontamination research and testing as well as the science behind the development and utility of Dahlgren Decon. Chris holds a Master's degree in Chemistry from the University of South Carolina, and a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Tennessee Technological University.
Dr. Christina Baxter is the CEO of Emergency Response TIPS, LLC which provides practical, evidence-based solutions for emergency response through the development of next generation tools for enhanced situational awareness and responder safety; instructional design materials for instructor-led and web-based programs in the areas of CBRNE, hazardous materials, and clandestine laboratory response; technology transition guidance for emerging technologies; and, emergency planning for hazardous materials and emergency response.
Prior to forming Emergency Response TIPS, LLC, Dr. Baxter was the CBRNE Program Manager for the Department of Defense’s Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office where she was responsible for identifying capability gaps in the combating terrorism CBRNE mission space, illuminating or developing innovative solutions, and delivering them to military, interagency, and law enforcement operators in the field as rapidly as possible. Dr. Baxter holds B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
She has greater than 20 years of experience in the hazardous materials/CBRN response community where she remains active in teaching and participating in standards development processes. She is currently the chairperson of the NFPA Technical Committee on Chemical Protective Clothing and is a member of the NFPA Technical Committees on Hazardous Materials/WMD Operations, Technical Committee on Tactical and Technical SCBA, and others. Dr. Baxter is also a member of the Interagency Board, the IAFC Hazmat Committee, and the IAFF’s Hazmat Advisory Board.