Dr. Harvin is the President and CEO of The Black Cell Group, and homeland security and intelligence consulting firm specializing in countering weapons of mass destruction. He has a public safety background spanning over 30 years which includes water rescue, Fire/EMS, public health, hazardous materials and WMD response, emergency management, CBRNE crime scene management, homeland security, and domestic intelligence. He has responded to incidents including the attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the Sandy Hook Shootings and has served as the lead emergency manager for several NYC agencies during large-scale incidents. Recently, he was the Chief of Homeland Security and Intelligence for the Government of the District of Columbia leading up to the attack on the US Capitol on January 6th, 2021.
He is a Senior Policy Researcher at the RAND Corp and graduate faculty at Georgetown University in the Applied Intelligence and the Emergency and Disaster Management degree programs. He serves as a CBRNE subject-matter expert for several organizations including the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), INTERPOL’s CBRNE Directorate, the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) Executive Education Program (EEP) and the Counter Terrorism Preparedness Network (CTPN).
Dr. Harvin served as the lead research scientist for the NYC’s Radiation Response Unit and served as the project lead research scientist on several key initiatives including NYC's BioWatch program. He holds an undergraduate degree in Fire and Emergency Services Management, graduate degrees in Emergency Management (MPA), Terrorism Studies (MA), and Environmental Science (MPH), and is a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) specializing in environmental epidemiology, and biological threats.
Michael McLoughlin holds BEE and MSEE degrees from the University of Delaware and is currently the Vice President of Research and Chief Technology Officer at Zeteo Tech, Inc. He spent 28 years at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHUAPL) and is a member of the Principal Professional Staff. During this time, he led multiple large-scale research and development efforts and his roles included Biomedicine Branch Head, Biomedicine Business Area Executive and Chief Engineer of the Research and Exploratory Development Department. After the 2001 Anthrax attack, he was involved in securing Federal and USPS mail facilities which ultimately lead to the construction of special purpose screening facilities for the United States Senate and House of Representatives. He was also involved in establishing and operating biological and chemical surveillance systems for the protection of critical infrastructure. He had a lead role in establishing the JHUAPL Homeland Protection Business Area and worked to implement the Laboratory’s first biological testing facilities. He was responsible for program management and systems engineering of the APL MALDI-MS Biological Detection System and led efforts to study large- scale biological defense in the built environment. He also led several major biomedical programs including the DARPA Revolutionizing Prosthetics Program which successful demonstrated the first use of an implanted brain computer interface to control a high dexterity prosthetic limb.
Dr Antonella Cavallo is the Technical Lead for the development of EU CBRN capabilities under rescEU at the European Commission in Brussels. As part of her role, Antonella has supported the response to the Covid pandemic and coordinated assistance to Ukraine of CBRN equipment and medical countermeasures including by liaising with US government agencies and international organisations such as the World Health Organisation and the International Agency for Atomic Energy.
Antonella coordinates the implementation of about 700 million euros of EU CBRN equipment and specialized teams under rescEU, a program aiming to booster disaster resilience in the European Union by establishing strategic response capabilities to assist EU Member States in case of need.
Prior to her current role, Antonella worked in a number of organisations in the private and public sector across Italy, France, Germany, the US and most recently Australia covering areas such as complex risk management, disaster relief, international relations and strategic management.
She holds a PhD in Complex Project Management from the University of Adelaide in Australia focusing on systemic resilience to unexpected disaster risks. She is a graduate of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany and the Politecnico of Turin in Italy, where she studied industrial engineering.
Robert Lemire, Police Officer - Boston Police Department, Special Operations Division, Hazardous Materials Response Unit
Officer Robert Lemire serves as a Police Officer for the Boston Police, Special Operations Division, Hazardous Materials Response Unit (HMRU) and as a Chief Petty Officer, Intelligence Specialist in the United States Coast Guard Reserves.
Officer Lemire graduated from Worcester State University in 2010 with a BS degree in Criminal Justice. Ofc. Lemire has served as a police officer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for 14 years and in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves for 10 years. Through both positions, Ofc. Lemire has completed several trainings including:
- Hazardous Materials Technician
- Advanced Forensic Investigations for Hazardous Environments
- Clandestine Laboratory Safety
- Digital Forensic Examiner
- S. Coast Guard Intelligence Specialist School
- S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy
- S. Coast Guard Leadership and Management School
Through his position with the Boston Police Department HMRU, Ofc. Lemire responds to all CBRN, WMD & TIC calls in the City of Boston. The mission of the HMRU is to ensure proper mitigation guidelines are followed, provide enforcement and prosecution for violations, liaise with local, state, and federal partners, and ensure the preservation of life and property.
Battalion Chief Sean Newman has 26 years of service with the FDNY . He is a charter member of the Department’s Center for Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness (CTDP), opened in 2004, where he currently serves as executive officer and head of intelligence branch. He is assigned to Division 11 in Brooklyn.
Sean has been editor and contributing writer for FDNY Watchline since its inception in 2008. Chief Newman was co-author of “Vertical Terrorism: The Threat Against High-Rise Buildings,” released in September 2016, as well as other strategies and papers related to counterterrorism and emergency response in complex environments. For the Fall 2020 edition of FDNY’s magazine, With New York Firefighters (WNYF), he authored the article: “A 25-Year Retrospective of the Freddy’s Fashion Mart Fire: The Continued Relevancy of Attacks Combining Fire and Firearms.” His most recent article, a chronicle of the history of CTDP, was released in WNYF’s Fall 2021 edition.
Chief Newman has been part of briefs to high-ranking FDNY staff, homeland security executives, members of Congress and foreign dignitaries. Sean has advised many interagency partners, and speaks regularly, on weaponized fire, red teaming, interdisciplinary operations in dense urban environments, and the role of analytical intelligence in the fire service. He holds a master’s degree with honors in security studies from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) at the Naval Postgraduate School. His master’s thesis (2011), “Braving the Swarm: Lowering Group Bias in Integrated Fire/Police Units Facing Paramilitary Terrorism,” proposed how advancements in social identity theory could encourage group acceptance in interagency units responding to active shooter incidents that include fire and smoke.
Mr. Binder joined START in August 2013 as a project manager / senior researcher specializing in terrorism involving chemical and biological agents. Prior to joining START he was an independent consultant providing expertise in the areas of WMD nonproliferation, chemical and biological terrorism, and the spread of MANPADS. From 2004 to 2007 he was Deputy Director of the Chemical and Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) in Monterey, California. Prior to joining CNS Mr. Binder spent 15 months with the External Relations Division of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague. He has a MA in Political Studies from the University of Auckland in New Zealand (with a focus on revolutions, insurgencies and counter-hegemonic movements, as well as on security and diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific).
Mr. Dan Cartwright, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, National Fire Chiefs Council, National Deputy CBRN(e) Strategic Lead
Seconded from London Fire Brigade, Dan is responsible for establishing and maintaining strategic relationships with government, blue-light and military partners to ensure the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) contributes to delivering an effective, flexible, agile, and proportionate national multi-agency CBRN(e) response.
With experience of over 30 years in the fire service, Dan has provided representation at political, strategic, and operational level, delivering a coordination and liaison role to ensure that the views of the FRS are represented within these arenas. This has included regular liaison and meetings with MP’s and seniors in government, FRS, police, ambulance, military, as well as other leaders on the international stage to understand emerging CBRN(e) threats, risks, and vulnerabilities.
Dan has strived to develop the national CBRN(e) position as an exemplar of Joint Emergency Service Interoperability Principals (JESIP), making multi-agency collaboration core to the role and the foundation on which the success of the capability has been built.
Michael Armistead, Hazmat Specialist, Nashville Fire Department
Michael Armistead currently lives in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, and is a HazMat Specialist with the Nashville Fire Department in Special Operations Bureau.
He started his career in 1992 with the Goodlettsville Fire Department, working there until 2000 joining the Nashville Fire Department. He was a member of HazMat 12 for 9 years until moving into his current role in Special Operations involved with planning of VIP visits, large Special Events, and credentialing of all personnel with both HazMat teams for Nashville.
Michael is an active member of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency HazMat Committee Board, an Instructor for both the State of Tennessee and the Nashville Fire Department regularly instructing HazMat Technician, Operations and Awareness. He works closely with Homeland, FBI, Secret Service, 45th CST, Department of Energy, Tennessee Highway Patrol Special Operations, Governors Executive Protection Team, Office of Emergency Management, Tennessee Titans, Nashville Predators, Nashville Soccer Club, Metro Nashville Police Department Special Operations and Custom Services.
Before he took command of the Bundeswehr CBRN Defence Command on 21 September 2021, Colonel Saalow served as Defence Advisor of the German Representative to the Political and Security Committee of the European Union in Brussels.He was also the Deputy Head of the Military Policy Section, which supports the Representative in the field of Foreign and Security Policy in all military-political issues including crisis management and capability development. Colonel Saalow has a wide experience in the area of EU Common Security and Defence Policy in Brussels, in the Ministry of Defence in Berlin but also in the field, where he served as Chief of Staff of an EU Mission in Africa and as Staff Officer Operations of the Eurocorps in Strasbourg.During his time in NATO he was special advisor of the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation in Norfolk. Beside this he served in operations in Asia, Africa and Europe and commanded the CBRN Defence Regiment of the Bundeswehr. Colonel Saalow studied at the University of the Bundeswehr in Hamburg and at the National University of Singapore and holds a Master Degree of Business Administration. He was also awarded with the German Cross of Honor and with the French Medal of Defence.
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.
On August 21, 2019, Donald Always was appointed to the position of Assistant Director (AD), Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate (WMDD). Mr. Alway had most recently served as the AD, Training Division since April 2018.
Mr. Alway began his career as a Special Agent in the Los Angeles Division with the FBI in 1996. He served on several specialized teams and assisted at both New York and Washington, DC 9/11 crime scenes. In 2003, he was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent in the Counterterrorism Division at FBIHQ. In 2006, he was promoted to Unit Chief of the WMD Integration and Targeting Unit, Counterterrorism Division.
In 2007, Mr. Alway transferred to the New York Division, to be the supervisor for a Joint Terrorism Task Force squad responsible for terrorism and, WMD investigations. In 2011, he was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Cincinnati Division. In 2012, Mr. Alway was named Section Chief of the Investigations and Operations Section in the WMDD. In 2014, he was named Special Agent in Charge of the Jackson Division, where he led the FBI’s efforts for the State of Mississippi until his promotion to Deputy Assistant Director, Training Division in 2016.
Dr. Schoske serves as Chief, Diagnostics, and Detection Division for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Research and Development Directorate, Chemical Biological Technologies Department (RD-CB). In this capacity Dr. Schoske overseas and manages an $90 million Research and Development Portfolio. This portfolio includes projects in the areas of medical diagnostics, and chemical and biological agent detection.
His educational background is in Biochemistry, Chemistry and Clinical Laboratory Sciences. He has applied this knowledge in operational work experiences involving the development and deployment of novel medical diagnostic systems for the United States Air Force. Dr. Schoske has an extensive background in counter Chemical-Biological Consequence Management Planning. Prior to joining the DTRA, Dr. Schoske served in the United States Air Force for 21 years and is a retired Lieutenant Colonel. During his time on active duty he served in numerous capacities including Chief, of a Medical Laboratory, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the United States Air Force Academy, Principal Investigator in Diagnostic R&D, and Emergency Medical Planning. He was selected as a Senior Air Force Laboratory Fellow for Science and Technology and is an American Society of Clinical Pathologists Certified Medical Technologist. He earned a Master’s of Arts in Biochemistry from the University of Scranton, and a PhD in Chemistry from American University in Washington DC