Meeting of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense

Attribution of Biological Crime, Terrorism, and Warfare: Challenges and Solutions

October 3, 2017
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hoover Institution
1399 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005

Effective prosecution and decisions regarding U.S. response depend on accurate attribution of biological attacks. Despite ongoing biological crimes and suspected development of biological weapons for the purpose of attacking the Nation, the United States has yet to establish this capability fully. The Study Panel will host a special focus meeting entitled Attribution of Biological Crime, Terrorism, and Warfare: Challenges and Solutions. Former Senator Joe Lieberman will join former Homeland Security Advisor Ken Wainstein and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, as they lead this meeting of the Study Panel which will address the current states of science, investigations, and intelligence for biological attribution and the extent to which they inform strategic, operational, and tactical decisions; and provide a better understanding of the ability of the United States to:

  • Identify pathogens and their sources correctly,
  • Attribute biological crimes, terrorism, proliferation, and warfare to their perpetrators, using scientific and other forms of evidence and information, and
  • Explore the processes used for investigative, legal, policy, and political decisions involving biological attribution.

Federal government, industry, and academic representatives will discuss their perspectives, experiences, challenges, and recommended solutions with regard to biological attribution.

IN-PERSON REGISTRATION IS CLOSED This event will also be webcast (free registration still open). Light breakfast and lunch will be served.

Closest metro stops:  McPherson Square, Metro Center
Closest parking garage:  H St. NW, between 15th and 14th Streets, right next to Starbucks

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