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Workshop Explores Emerging Issues

In 2015, the Center engaged a broad community of experts to help identify emerging threats to the nation's security. The Center hosted two workshops inviting participants to identify cross-cutting issues where the Center might bring to bear PNNL's global security science, technology, and policy expertise.

As a result of the workshops, the Center made a "deep dive" examination into the threat and promise of one of the issues identified: Synthetic biology. Synthetic biology is the design and construction of new biological parts, devices, and systems, as well as the re-design of existing, natural biological systems. The Center delivered a technical roadmap containing recommendations to help decision makers, analysts, and researchers to:

  • Deter illicit research
  • Detect and differentiate research of concern
  • Develop tools to strengthen the U.S. technical base
  • Defend against natural and engineered releases.

DHS Director of Chemical, Biological Defense Division Visits PNNL

In August 2015, the Center hosted Dr. John Fischer, Director of the Chemical and Biological Defense Division of the Department of Homeland Security. CGS Director Gretchen Hund presented to Dr. Fischer the results from the Center's deep-dive on synthetic biology.

Anne Harrington Visits PNNL

During her recent visit to PNNL's Seattle Research Center in August 2015, Anne Harrington, Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation (DNN) for the National Nuclear Security Administration, was briefed by Gretchen Hund, Director of the Center for Global Security, who shared with Ms. Harrington the Center's mission, vision, and recent accomplishments. Ms. Harrington has served as Deputy Administrator for DNN since 2010 and previously served for 15 years in the U.S. Department of State.

The Intersection of National Security and Climate Change – What do Decision-makers Need to be Prepared?

The Center partnered with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation to examine the connections between climate change and national security during a symposium on June 4. Thirty-six leaders from the White House, the U.S. Navy, federal agencies, federal, state and local governments, research organizations, business, and academia participated in the event  entitled “The Intersection of National Security and Climate Change – What do Decision-makers Need to be Prepared?” A resulting report was prepared with key recommendations and consensus points, which was covered at a briefing at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. on July 29, 2014. Read more (285 kb) / watch video of presentations.

Hurricane Sandyi photograph

Hurricane Sandy and other global disasters have provided invaluable insights into our nation’s need to reduce risks and build resiliency across national security, economic and humanitarian interests. The Center’s Gretchen Hund, along with co-author Sherri Goodman (CNA) and PNNL colleague Andrew Kurzrok, share their perspectives in a thought leadership article sponsored by CGS that was featured in Domestic Preparedness.

Robert Galluci photograph
The Center welcomed Robert Gallucci , President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, to Seattle on May 31, 2013. He spoke to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory staff about nonproliferation strategy, the outlook on the U.S./North Korea relationship, and strengthening interactions among policy and technology leaders.

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PONI 2012 ConferenceThe Center and PNNL hosted the spring 2012 conference of the Project on Nuclear Issues, an activity of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Rising experts in the nuclear security field presented research findings on nuclear weapons issues and shared information in interactive forums attended by representatives from seven countries. Warren Stern, Director of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, provided keynote remarks. CSIS was ranked the world’s top security and international affairs “think tank” in a well-respected annual assessment from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012.

CGS visit from interagency group
The Center welcomed Rose Gottemoeller, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (center in photograph at left), to Seattle on January 17, 2012. She discussed arms control and verification challenges, as part of the Arms Control Seminar series hosted by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  Later that day at the University of Washington, she spoke about innovative concepts in arms control policy and the changing nature of diplomacy in the information age.


Interagency Group Shares Global Security Insights, June 2011

CGS visit from interagency group
The Department of Defense’s Bill Moon (second from left),
DOE’s Monte Mallin (fourth from left) and the State
Department’s Bonnie Jenkins (third from right) discussed
global security engagement while at PNNL in June.
Three high-level officials from different agencies of the U.S. government shared valuable insights when they visited PNNL’s Richland and Seattle offices in June 2011. The topic: global security engagement, meaning cooperating with partner countries to strengthen nonproliferation and to counter terrorism involving weapons of mass destruction.

The experts described the opportunities and challenges the agencies foresee in the next three to five years, touching on technology and policy areas that could fit well with PNNL expertise. The visits also generated some promising opportunities for follow-on collaborations.

Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, Threat Reduction Programs Coordinator for the U.S. Department of State, was joined by Monte Mallin, the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Director for Strategic Planning, Office of Nonproliferation and International Security at the U.S. Department of Energy, and Bill Moon, Division Chief of Global Nuclear Security in DoD’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

The officials stated that a secure future requires sustainable relationships between countries, attention to a range of nuclear and biological concerns, and collaboration with more countries. They called out security-related science and technology collaborations as valuable strategies for fostering fruitful and mutually beneficial relationships with partner countries. Progress on two recent international agreements to counter the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction—the extension of the G8 Global Partnership against Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction and the renewal of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 for a ten-year period—underscore the continuing urgency of the global security mission.

The visitors also toured PNNL. At PNNL’s Seattle office, they spoke with representatives from organizations including the World Affairs Council, Port of Seattle, and University of Washington.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Center for Global Security hosted the discussions.

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