March 13-14, 2024 | National Housing Center | Washington, D.C.

All information below pertains to the 2024 Summit. 2025 details coming soon!

The 12th Annual Joint Civil and DoD CBRN Symposium will explore the continued efforts of the CBRN community to advance the defense, readiness, and response to current and emerging chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats. The 2024 Symposium will aim to advance an innovative, joint CBRN community essential to counter and defend the nation from CBRN events.



2024 Confirmed Speakers Included:

HON Frank Rose
Principal Deputy Administrator,
National Nuclear Security Administration

Mary Ellen Callahan
Assistant Secretary, CWMD Office,

Darryl Colvin, SES
Program Executive Officer,

Ian Watson, SES
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Chemical & Biological Defense,

Dr. James A. Watson Jr., SES
Director, Engineering Directorate,
DEVCOM Chemical Biological Center

Charles Hughes
Deputy to the Commanding General,
20th CBRNE Command

Susan Ferensic
Assistant Director, WMDD,

Download the 2024 Agenda


Why You Should Attend This Symposium:

With the increasing complexity of the global security environment, the threat of an accidental or intentional chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attack on the U.S. is becoming a growing threat. Developing the technologies and solutions necessary to mitigate and respond to CBRN threats is critical. Attendees will gain valuable insights into the continued development of capabilities to increase the resiliency and preparedness of DoD, Federal, State & Local entities to understand, protect, and mitigate CBRN incidents and hazards.

This year’s Symposium will convene senior level experts from across the military, federal government, state and local responders, and academia to explore effective CBRN incident detection, protection, and recovery strategies amid a dynamic threat environment. The 2024 Symposium will also feature a panel that will highlight the utilization of emerging technologies and capabilities to bolster recovery and response in a CBRN affected densely populated urban environment. The discussion will highlight the challenges of operating in an urban environment and the implementation of innovative tech such as AI, ML, unmanned/autonomous platforms, and microsensors that can strengthen detection for CBRN releases. Attendees at the 12th Annual Joint Civil & DoD CBRN Symposium will have the unique opportunity to hear from key decision makers and subject experts in the CBRN community regarding defense, mitigation, and response to current and emerging CBRN threats and challenges.

DSI’s team specializes in the extensive research and development of our Symposium’s content and focus areas, and we will assemble the most respected minds in the CBRN defense community, industry, and academia as well as key policy makers across military and civilian offices for a critical discussion on challenges of countering CBRN threats. Our non-partisan approach allows us to reach across all services and organizations to bring together a truly holistic group of decision makers and solution providers. ___________________________________________________________________________________

Exhibit and Sponsorship Information:

The 2024 Joint Civil & DoD CBRN Symposium provides opportunities for exhibit space, round table discussions, product demonstrations, luncheon, and cocktail receptions.

__________________________________________________________________________________ Topics to be covered at the 2024 Symposium:

- Leading DoD efforts to defend against current & future nuclear, chemical, & biological threats

- Deterring & preventing strategic attacks against the U.S. & allies

- Generating cost-effective & innovative capabilities to safeguard the Warfighter from CBRN threats

- Adapting & modernizing to provide rapid response to CBRNE threats

- Local response to CBRN incident in major U.S. city

- Investigating & preventing CBRN & explosive weapon threats to the U.S. & global partners

- Utilizing emerging tech to aid response & recovery in a CBRN affected dense urban environment

- Improving coordination with state & local partners to advance CBRN preparedness


At Our Symposium You Have the Ability To:

Gain Education & Insight: Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the complex challenges facing the Civil & DoD CBRN community.

Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to engage in constructive dialogue among all in attendance and discover some of the latest technologies related to CBRN Defense.

Influence: Help foster ideas! Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive sessions. All attendees are encouraged to address our speaker faculty and each other with their questions, comments or ideas. (Industry and academia members are charged a fee for admission.) __________________________________________________________________________________

Operating Guidance for Government Attendees:

DSI’s Symposium directly supports DoD, Federal Government, and State & Local Government CBRN priorities by providing a conduit for officials to efficiently reach audiences outside of their respective offices that directly impact their department's mission success, at no charge to the government, and in an efficient expenditure of time.

DSI’s Symposium will provide a forum to address and improve internal and external initiatives, meet with and hear from partner organizations, disseminate vital capability requirements to industry, increase visibility within the larger community, and generally support their mission.

The Symposium is open and complimentary to all DoD, IC, and Federal employees and is considered an educational training forum, and a widely attended gathering. ___________________________________________________________________________________

*Symposium is Closed to The Press/ No Recordings*