Paul Kastner

Paul Kastner is the current Chief of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency’s Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Response Team.  Responsible for the conduct of counter CBRN technical operations including chemical and biological agent detection and identification, radiological material detection and identification, hazardous material sampling, CBRNE evidence collection in support of criminal investigations, environmental sampling, rescue and recovery operations in a contaminated environment, and protection of high-risk personnel at the Pentagon.

Retired US Army with 30 years of service.  Prior assignments including Chief of Joint Domestic Operations Military Support, the senior full-time executive of the Maryland National Guard Joint Domestic Operations Military Support office responsible for state and regional civil-military operational plans and the operation of the state's National Guard Joint Operations Center.   Commander 32nd Civil Support Team – CBRNE Response Team.   Commander of the primary homeland security response unit for MD National Guard leading a highly specialized CBRN emergency response team to provide support to civil authorities during incidents involving weapons of mass destruction or other threats. 


Towson University, Towson, MD.   MS, Homeland Security Management

Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA.  BA, American History

Ronald J. Dicks

Ronald J. Dicks II is the Mail Security Branch Chief within the CBRN Protection Division of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency. His duties include oversight of the Pentagon’s Mail and Parcel Screening Operation, responsible for intercepting CBRNE hazards, contraband, threatening or suspicious text communication, and hoax material from entering the Pentagon and other select federal buildings. Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Dicks served in the U.S. Army for 20 years with notable assignments at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), and the U.S. Army Medical Research Detachment (USAMR), of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR).

James F. McDonnell

In May 2018, Mr. James F. McDonnell was appointed by President Trump to serve as the Assistant Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office.  The mission of the newly established CWMD Office is to counter attempts by terrorists or other threat actors to carry out an attack against the United States or its interests using a weapon of mass destruction.  Prior to this position, Mr. McDonnell was the acting Assistant Secretary of CWMD and the Director of the DHS Domestic Nuclear Detection Office.

Mr. McDonnell enlisted in the Navy in 1975 and retired as a commissioned officer after twenty years of service in special operations and counterterrorism.  A recognized expert in the area of WMD-related terrorism, he has senior executive experience in the private sector and federal government.  He was part of the original executive leadership team at DHS.

Mark Tucker

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

Steve Reeves

Maj Gen (Ret), Consultant. 

Steve Reeves is a highly accomplished senior executive and an internationally recognized expert on Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense and Defense Acquisition. He has testified as an expert witness on multiple occasions before the U.S. Congress and been interviewed on numerous occasions by national and international print and television press and is a frequent speaker at both national and international defense and homeland security conferences. Experienced in leading and managing large, diverse, and global multi-billion-dollar organizations, he established, and for seven years led the first Department of Defense Joint Program Executive Office. Reeves was the U.S. Army’s Project Manager of the Year, is a two-time winner of the Department of Defense David Packard Award for Acquisition Excellence and received the U.S. Vice President’s Hammer Award for Innovation in Defense Contracting. He is level 3 acquisition certified and is a distinguished graduate of the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy. In2013, he was inducted into the Chemical Corps Hall of Fame.  Steve Reeves provides consulting services on strategic planning, management and system development, chemical and biological defense systems, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, and defense acquisition including program management, financial.


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