National Center for Biodefense Offers Expertise to NATO

Posted: July 16, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

George Mason’s National Center for Biodefense (NCBD) hosts a delegation from the Czech Republic this morning at the Prince William Campus to discuss plans for biodefense training programs for NATO troops. Ken Alibek, the center’s executive director for education, was instrumental in arranging the meeting at the request of Pentagon officials.

One of 19 countries that form NATO, the Czech Republic is responsible for overseeing the development of chemical and biological defense programs for members of the Alliance.

“This is a unique opportunity for George Mason to take a leadership role in the development of biodefense training programs on a global scale,” says Vikas Chandhoke, associate dean for science in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Alibek will discuss issues related to biological weapons threats and defense, and university officials and the Czech delegation will explore collaborative ideas for training programs. In addition to Alibek and Chandhoke, university representatives include Charles Bailey, NCBD executive director for science; Larry Czarda, vice president for operations at the Prince William Campus; and Jerald Coughter, director of life sciences management.

The Czech delegation comprises the minister of defense, deputy minister of defense for reform, defense, military, and air attache to the United States, the international relations branch officer, and a security officer.

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