Short Course on CBRN Weapons, Science and Policy (CBRN)

FAS and George Mason University will host a short course from July 7-9, 2014 as part of GMU’s 2014 summer program in International Security. This three day, non-credit short course is designed to introduce participants to the science, security, and policy dimensions of the threats of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) weapons as well as ballistic and cruise missile.

This course is aimed at professionals in energy policy, nuclear policy, nuclear industry, public health, life sciences, law enforcement, emergency management and national security who have responsibilities for preventing, preparing for, or responding to acts by states, criminals, or terrorists using chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear weapons.

GMU Arlington Campus
3301 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201

Fee: $1,300
Discounts for program alumni and groups of three or more are available

For more information and to register, visit the course page here. 

Topics that will be addressed during the three day course include:

  • Radiological Threats
  • The Nuclear Fuel Cycle
  • How Nuclear Weapons Work
  • Biological and Chemical Weapons
  • Ballistic and Cruise Missiles
  • Nonproliferation and Arms Control


Speakers include:

  • Charles D. Ferguson, President, Federation of American Scientists
  • Hans M. Kristensen, Director of the FAS Nuclear Information Project
  • Christopher A. Bidwell, Senior Fellow, Federation of American Scientists
  • Gregory D. Koblentz, Associate Professor, George Mason University
  • Bruce W. MacDonald, United States Institute of Peace
  • Keith Ward, Former Federal Bureau of Investigation