Cyrus Jabbari is currently performing a graduate fellowship in the U.S. government. He is a recent graduate of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, having attained an MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies and advanced language training in Persian (Farsi). He holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Southern California.
Mr. Jabbari’s research focuses on Middle East affairs, particularly on Iran and its affiliates, and on CBRN issues. He recently co-authored (with Dr. Philipp Bleek) “Acid Reign of Terror: The Use of Caustic Substances in Terrorist Activities” in CBRNe World.
Mr. Jabbari has worked at organizations including the United Nations Weapons of Mass Destruction Branch, the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies, ANSER, and the Congressional Research Service.
Samantha Sonnett is a police officer with the New York City Police Department where she is a lead instructor for the COBRA Unit (Chemical, Ordinance, Biological, and Radiological Awareness). As a COBRA instructor she and her team are responsible for training approximately 5,000 uniformed members of the service annually in the proper response and mitigation of CBRNe incidents. The COBRA Unit works collaboratively with the Center for Domestic Preparedness to ensure that the largest city in the nation remains at the ready to combat emerging CBRNe threats.
Ms. Sonnett is a veteran of the Unites States Air Force. She holds numerous certifications in the CBRNe/Hazmat field and is a certified instructor not only for the NYPD, but she also travels the nation on behalf of Texas A&M’s Extension Service and Pro Board accreditation service to certify first responders in WMD/Hazmat operations.
Ms. Sonnett has 17 years of experience with the NYPD and is focused on the progressive growth of the departments CBRNe capabilities. She is also an advocate for the expansion of CBRNe programs within police department’s across the nation.
In 2017 Phil Ashworth was appointed Managing Director Exensor Technology Ltd (UK), part of the Bertin Group. He has responsibility for all business related activities into the UK and The Americas for all Exensor and Bertin defence related products, specifically; Ground Sensors, CBRN and Optronics.
Phil served 27 years in the British Army from 1980 – 2007 as an ISTAR specialist with a focus on Electronic Warfare and Linguistics, retiring in the rank of Major. During his service he had operational experience with all ISTAR/CBRN systems, working closely with UK, NATO and US Forces in the United Kingdom, Germany and Cyprus including operational tours in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Gulf Wars 1 & 2.
On retirement from the Army Phil joined Industry as Business Development Specialist for Land Systems. Initially focused on the ISTAR domain he quickly grew his role to encompass all Land capabilities, including ISTAR, UAS, Electronic Warfare, Communications, Optronics and CBRN systems.
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.