By Sareth  Neak
Homeland Security Outlook

The BioDefense Conference will be held on May 3rd and 4th at the Capital Hilton in DC.

Robert Hooks has been confirmed to be the keynote lunch speaker on May 3rd. Mr. Hooks is currently serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for WMD and BioDefense, DHS Office of Health Affairs.

In addition to Mr. Hooks, the conference will feature the following speakers:

-Col. Randall Larsen (USAF, Ret.), Former Executive Director of the WMD Commission

-Jeffrey Runge, MD, Former Chief Medical Officer, DHS

-Daniel Marc Sosin, MD, Acting Director, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, CDC

-Dave Gruber, Deputy Commissioner of Health (Preparedness and Response), State of New Jersey

-William Greg Burel, Senior Executive Director, Division of Strategic National Stockpile, CDC, HHS

-Penny J. Hitchcock, D.V.M, M.S, Chief Scientist, BioWatch, Systems Program Office, DHS

Peter Jutro, Deputy Director for Science and Policy, National Homeland Security Research Center, EPA

For more information visit to see the full list of speakers and the agenda.