James Giordano, Ph.D., is Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Biochemistry, Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program, and co-Director of the O’Neill-Pellegrino Program in Brain Science and Global Law and Policy at Georgetown University Medical Center. He is a Research Fellow in Biosecurity, Technology, and Ethics at the US Naval War College; an appointed member of DARPA’s Neuroethics, Legal and Social Issues Advisory Panel; Senior Advisory Fellow of the Defense Operational Cognitive Sciences section, Strategic Multilayer Assessment Group, Joint Staff, The Pentagon; and a consulting bioethicist for the Defense Medical Ethics Committee. He has previously served as Donovan Fellow for Biowarfare and Biodefense, US Special Operations Command, and as an appointed member of the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protection.
Podcasts / Webinars
In part one of this two-part podcast, HDIAC analyst Mara Kiernan interviews Dr. James Giordano, discussing the applications of neuroscience to national security. The discussion begins with a broad level conversation before narrowing the focus to warfighter neurocognitive enhancement. Dr…. Read More
The second installment of this two-part podcast continues the conversation with Dr. James Giordano on the implications of neurocognitive enhancement technologies. Dr. Giordano discusses the ethical hurdles associated with such human enhancement technologies, the importance of building a competitive advantage,… Read More
In part one of this two-part podcast, HDIAC analyst Mara Kiernan interviews Dr. James Giordano, a Professor in the department of Neurology and Biochemistry at Georgetown University Medical Center. The discussion begins with Dr. Giordano defining neuroweapons and explaining their… Read More
The second installment of this two-part podcast continues the conversation with Dr. Giordano on the implications of weaponizing brain science. In an article he wrote for HDIAC in 2016 titled ‘Battlescape Brain’, Dr. Giordano hinted at the possibility of a neuroweapons arms race that could follow from international surveillance. Dr. Giordano provides an updated look at these concerns in the context of today’s environment. He concludes by describing ethical frameworks that could regulate future policies for biotechnology as the world moves forward in this dynamic area.
Join HDIAC and the Cyber Security and Information Systems Information Analysis Center (CSIAC) Tuesday, August 25, from 1300 to 1400 EDT for our next webinar presentation titled “Big Data and Big Implications for Bio-cybersecurity.” In this webinar, Professor James Giordano of Georgetown University Medical Center, and Senior Fellow in Biosecurity, Technology, and Ethics at the US Naval War College describes the uses and value of big data and cyber-capabilities in bioscience and biotechnology; addresses the national security, intelligence, and defense applications of these tools and methods; illustrates vulnerabilities in these systems’ infrastructures and functions, and posits the importance and necessity of bio-cybersecurity as a multi-organizational posture and enterprise.