March 15-16, 2023 | National Harbor, MD

The 11th Annual Joint Civil & DoD CBRN Symposium will convene senior level experts from key organizations across the government and military for a ‘Town-Hall’ type forum to discuss continued efforts and initiatives of the CBRN community to counter and defend the nation from current and emerging chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats. The 2023 Symposium will aim to advance a joint, cooperative CBRN community essential to prepare and respond to new challenges amid a dynamic threat landscape.

2023 Confirmed Speakers:


HON Corey Hinderstein

Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation,NNSA


Rebecca Hersman, SES

Defense Threat Reduction Agency


Ian Watson, SES

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Chemical and Biological Defense,DoD

Andrew Kuepper

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, DHS


Michael Bailey, SES

Acting Director,

DEVCOM Chemical Biological Center

COL Robert Carter III, USA

Joint Program Manager, CBRN Sensors,


Dr. Rich Vojtech

Director of Research & Development,


Download the 2023 Agenda

Why You Should Attend This Symposium:

CBRN threats remain significant and are expanding at an accelerated pace due to 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. The 2023 event will convene senior-level speakers from across the government, military, and academia for a discussion on the technologies and solutions necessary for ensuring the nation is prepared to mitigate and respond to any CBRN incident. Attendees will gain valuable insights into the continued development of capabilities to increase the resiliency of our Warfighters and support efforts to understand, protect, and mitigate CBRN incidents and hazards.

This year’s Symposium will explore efforts to strengthen CBRN defense through robust whole of government collaboration, policies, procedures, and training essential for safeguarding the Warfighter and U.S. citizens, countering CBRN hazards both domestic and abroad, and much more. The 2023 Symposium will also feature a panel that will highlight how major U.S. cities are bolstering CBRN defense, preparedness, and response. Specifically, panelists will speak on innovative equipment, training, and information they need to protect their communities amid CBRN threats and challenges. Attendees at the 11th Annual Joint Civil and DoD CBRN Symposium will have the unique opportunity to hear from key decision makers in the CBRN community regarding current and future efforts to defend the U.S. from current and emerging CBRN threats.

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.


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Exhibit and Sponsorship Information:

The 2023 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 2023 Symposium:

– Preparing for, deterring, & mitigating current & future WMD threats
– Coordinating DHS efforts to safeguard the U.S. against CBRN threats

– Mitigating chemical & biological threats through research, experimentation & collaboration

– Protecting the joint force through the development of CBRN defense capabilities that enable the Warfighter to fight & win in CBRN-contested environments

– Countering & deterring adversary use of weapons of mass destruction & emerging threats
Variety of Environments

– Protecting national security by maintaining a safe & reliable nuclear deterrent
– Safeguarding major U.S. cities from potential CBRN incidents

– Ensuring preparedness to help the U.S. respond to & recover from CBRN events


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*

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