This webinar discusses findings from the 2018 HDIAC State of the Art Report (SOAR) on Methods for Investigating Chemical/Biological Weapons Use. Co-presented by HDIAC subject matter expert Gregory Nichols, the webinar reviews highlights of the report and offers a summary of emerging trends and future directions regarding developments and needs in the field. Countering chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction is a top priority for DoD. If an adversary uses these weapons, it is critical to ensure that military and civilian leaders are provided with accurate, reliable, specific, and timely technical information regarding the agent and its origins as well as access to the most up-to-date technologies available. Overview includes information on detection methodologies, diagnostics modalities, forensic investigation techniques, biological-based sensors for drinking water analysis, and supply chain management-based situational awareness.
Greg Nichols is a subject matter expert at HDIAC. Previously, he managed the Nanotechnology Studies Program at ORAU in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where he provided expertise on nanotechnology-related topics and conducted research. Prior to ORAU, Nichols spent 10 years in various health care roles, including five as a Hospital Corpsman in the U.S. Navy. He has published and presented on a variety of topics including nanotechnology, public health, and risk assessment. Nichols has a Master of Public Health from the University of Tennessee and holds a Certified in Public Health credential from the National Board of Public Health Examiners.