National Security Forum


Join us for the latest information on the cyber, biological, chemical and assymtetrical threats facing our Nation today.

National Press Club, Washington, D.C., May 24, 2017 – 13th fl ballroom – 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.



For more than 60 years, Defense Daily has focused on bringing you the latest news and information surrounding the business of defense. Wednesday, May 24th, we’re proud to invite you to something more!

Join us for breakfast and spend the morning engaged in the most relevant information available on the Cyber, Chemical, Biological and Asymmetrical Threats we face today.

These high level panel discussions will bring together the elites on each topic and as we guarantee you’ll walk away with a comprehensive understanding of our Nation’s top threats and the key resources, innovations, and tactics being used to address them.


(8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.) Registration/Full breakfast served – Sponsored by

(8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.) Welcome from Defense Daily and

Opening Remarks:

  • Jeffrey Wadsworth, President & CEO Read Bio

Cyber Security

(8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.) A deep look into President Trump’s priorities in cyber security, current challenges and congressional priorities.  

The Trump administration has outlined a number of priorities in cyber security. These include: holding agency heads accountable for the security of their enterprise networks; relying more on the private sector to help civilian agencies defend their networks; strengthening human capital at the Department of Homeland Security around cyber security; developing metrics and managing risk using the Cybersecurity Framework; improving deterrence; and, modernizing federal IT networks.


  •  Jeremy Grant, Managing Director (Moderator) Read Bio

  • whitehouse HeadshotU.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Co-Chair of Center for Strategic and International Studies Cyber Policy Task Force Read Bio

  • McCaul Headshot U.S. Congressmen Michael McCaul (R-TX), House Homeland Security Chairman and senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee Read Bio

Chemical and Biological Defense

 (9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.) Chemical and Biological Defense – An indepth look into what the U.S. is doing to develop technologies and capabilities that detect and prepare for potential threats; the gaps in preparedness; the funding needs; and, the requirements now being delivered to technology developers.

The recent assassination in Malaysia of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, allegedly by assassins linked to North Korea, was carried out using the lethal nerve agent VX. It has sparked concern about the willingness of the suspected masterminds to use VX, and it has reignited debate about the vulnerability of countries to attacks by weapons of mass destruction and what measures are available to detect and counter them.

The danger posed by chemical and biological weapons is particularly worrisome due to the proliferation of the technological know-how. “Rapid advancements in technology are making it easier for an adversary, whether state or non‐state, to develop chemical and biological (CB) weapons. The DoD faces CB threats that are complex, diverse, and pose enduring risks to our Joint Force and the Homeland,” the Department of Defense said in a recent report to Congress.


  • inglesby Headshot Tom Inglesby, MD, Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (Moderator) Read Bio

  • spoehrt headshotLieutenant General Thomas Spoehr (U.S. Army, Ret.), Director of the Center for National Defense at the Heritage Foundation Read Bio

  • Thomas Bryce HeadshotDouglas Bryce, Director, Joint Program Executive Office Chemical and Biological Defense, U.S. Defense Department Read Bio

  • Dr. John Fischer, Director, Chemical and Biological Defense, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Read Bio

  • Matthew J. Shaw, Vice President and General Manager, CBRNE Defense, Battelle Read Bio

(10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.) Networking Break

Asymmetric Threats

(11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) Asymmetric Threats to the Homeland – Find out how the federal government is battling asymmetric threats to the homeland. Can these threats be countered with improved intelligence sharing? Learn what technologies are in the works to detect and defeat a terrorist intent on a mass-casualty attack using guns or drones.

The most deadly terrorist strikes in the U.S. since the 9/11 attacks have been carried out by individuals wielding guns and shooting people at close range. Explosive devices also remain a major concern as seen in the successful bomb attacks during the Boston Marathon in 2013 and in New York and New Jersey in 2016.

In Europe, terrorists have used guns and explosives as well as trucks to target citizens, and around the globe threats to airports and commercial aviation remain omnipresent. On the battlefield in Iraq, Islamic State forces have successfully customized small commercial drones for dropping drop grenade-size munitions with precision, raising concerns that drones could be used by terrorists inside the U.S.


  • Biesecker Headshot Cal Biesecker, editor of Defense Daily (Moderator) Read Bio

  • Don LaMonaca, Director of Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, Battelle  Read Bio

  • Jeffery Carroll, Assistant Chief, managing the Homeland Security Bureau (HSB), Read Bio

  • Joseph M. Flynn Headshot Joseph M. Flynn, Assistant Commander of the Criminal Intelligence Read Bio

  • Henry Reyes Headshot Henry Reyes, Chief, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Division, National Guard Bureau Read Bio

YES! I want to be a part of Defense Daily’s National Security Forum and participate in the  breakfast and a morning of intelligent insight and discussion on the top threats facing America today and what is being done to prevent them.