ANSER hosts Dr. Ron Hann, Director at its October 18 Distinguished Speaker Series

Falls Church, VA (October 18, 2016) 

ANSER welcomed Dr. Ron Hann, Director, Chemical/Biological Technologies Department, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to its October 18 Distinguished Speaker Series where he discussed DTRA’s Fight against weapons of mass destruction in a presentation titled, New Technologies Turning into New Threats: What Should Keep You Up at Night.

Dr. Hann discussed how advancing technology affects the growing global CBRN threat. Focusing on what keeps him up at night, Dr. Hann explored new technologies being weaponized and highlighted how DTRA J9 Chemical and Biological Technologies is anticipating and confronting the threats of tomorrow, today, by focusing on medical countermeasure development, integrated early warning via detection, diagnostics development and wearable technologies. Dr. Hann’s goal is to take chemical and biological weapons off the table for those intending to do harm to America. “I would love to develop technologies that ended the use of chemical and biological weapons by making them ineffective” he said.

As a member of the Senior Executive Service and the Director of J9CB for DTRA, Dr. Hann oversees a vibrant science and technology department that works with industry, research universities, other agencies within the Department of Defense, and the U.S. government to research, develop, and field revolutionary technologies that address the threats posed to our warfighters by chemical and biological weapons, materials, agents, and emerging diseases.

Dr. Hann retired from the U.S. Army Chemical Corps after nearly 27 years of active duty. He earned a doctorate in organic synthesis from the University of Virginia, then taught organic chemistry at the U.S. Military Academy. He holds both B.S. and M.A. degrees in chemistry from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and numerous military awards.

For more information on the Distinguished Speaker Series or how ANSER can leverage its differentiating capabilities to assist your organization, please contact us.