David R. Franz, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Former Commander, United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Dises


“Nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons present unique challenges; protecting our military force and the homeland from their use is complex and fraught with unknowns.  The Program for Emerging Leaders is committed to identifying future leaders and educating them about these issues to create an interagency community that is knowledgeable, engaged, and ready to work together to address the threats.  This is an invaluable contribution to our national security.”

—Dr. David R. Franz

Dr. David R. Franz served in the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command for 23 of 27 years on active duty and retired as colonel.  He served as Commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) and as Deputy Commander of the Medical Research and Materiel Command.  Prior to joining the Command, he served as group veterinarian for the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

Dr. Franz was the chief inspector on three United Nations Special Commission biological warfare inspection missions to Iraq and served as technical advisor on long-term monitoring.  He also served as a member of the first two U.S.-U.K. teams that visited Russia in support of the Trilateral Joint Statement on Biological Weapons and as a member of the Trilateral Experts’ Committee for biological weapons negotiations.

Dr. Franz was technical editor for the Textbook of Military Medicine on Medical Aspects of Chemical and Biological Warfare released in 1997.  Current standing committee appointments include the National Academy of Sciences Committee on International Security and Arms Control, the National Research Council Board on Life Sciences and the Department of Health and Human Services National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity.  He serves on the Board of Integrated Nano-Technologies, LLC.