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Anthony Koski has 10 years of Defense experience serving 9 years as a Program Manager for the US Army TACOM Security Assistance Directorate managing Foreign Military Sales programs supporting partner Nations around the world. He served as the Deputy Program Manager of the Counter-ISIS Train & Equipping Fund (CTEF) Security Assistance Program, During his time in this role he managed a budget of $1.1 Billon and lead the acquisition of Ground Wheeled Vehicles and Small Arms Weapons for Iraqi defense forces during Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR).
He served as the TACOM Liaison Office for the Security Assistance Office in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2014-2015 managing acquisition programs valued at over $260 million. He was awarded the Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award for his work in equipping the Afghan Security Forces. Prior to his work in Afghanistan Anthony held multiple high visibility Program Management roles in security assistance managing programs valued at over $500 million primarily support the CENTCOM AOR.
Currently, Anthony is the Senior Business Development Manager at AirBoss Defense Group (ADG). In this capacity he is responsible for identifying new business opportunities and developing strategic initiatives for growth in the areas of CBRNE threat mitigation and response. Anthony holds a BS in Finance from Oakland University.
Mr. Al Mauroni is the Director of the U.S. Air Force Center for Strategic Deterrence Studies at Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. He has more than 35 years’ experience in Department of Defense counter-weapons of mass destruction (WMD) policy and program development. In his current position, he oversees the development and execution of Air Force education, research, and outreach initiatives relating to counter-WMD and nuclear deterrence operations. He also teaches electives and advises student research at the Air University.
Mr. Mauroni served as a U.S. Army chemical officer for seven years before leaving active duty in 1992. Between 1992 and 2011, he supported the U.S. Army Soldier and Biological-Chemical Command, J5 and J8 Directorates in the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Deputy Asst. Secretary of the Army for Elimination of Chemical Weapons, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and Headquarters Air Force Strategic Plans and Policy (A5XP) as a defense contractor. He worked as a government civilian for the A5XP for nearly two years prior to taking his current position at the Air War College.
Mr. Mauroni holds a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Carnegie-Mellon University. He is the author of seven books and numerous journal articles, to include articles in War on the Rocks, Modern War Institute, Texas Security Review, and Joint Forces Quarterly. His latest book is Countering WMD: Assessing the U.S. Government’s Policy (Rowman-Littlefield, 2016).
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.