Date set for CBRNE Defense Summit

The annual CBRNE Defense Summit has been announced for February 14-16, 2011 in Washington by the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement

Attendees of the conference will learn how to better detect, prevent, prepare and respond to CBRNE threats, including biological terror.

The organization says that attendees will learn about the latest initiatives in preparedness, threat reduction, interoperability, response, incident management, advanced technologies and medical countermeasures, reports.

“With the recent developments in CBRNE, this event seems extremely topical,” event producer Nicole Bacani said, according to, “We’ve already received tremendous response from the community - I think that the caliber of our speaker roster speaks to that.”

The are many confirmed speakers for the event including Gerald Kovacs, director of the division of CBRN countermeasures and an authority on biomedical advanced research and development; U.S. Army Col. Thomas Cartledge, the chief of staff of the 20th Support Command; Robert Hooks, the deputy assistant secretary for WMD and biodefense in the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Health Affairs; Steve Henry, SES, the deputy assistant to the secretary of defense for nuclear matters; and U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Jonathan Treacy, commander of the Joint Task Force Civil Support for USNORTHCOM.