2020 Virtual Annual Symposium



The National Defense University's Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) invites you to join us on 17-18 June 2020 for online Annual Symposium panels exploring how the convergence of geopolitics and emerging technology will shape today’s WMD issues. All online symposium content will be UNCLASSIFIED.


While COVID-19 transmission mitigation measures will prevent execution of this year’s event on the National Defense University campus, portions of the planned 2020 symposium agenda will be adapted to a webinar format accessible online to the government and non-government counter WMD community. (Message from Center Director)


The symposium, “WMD 2020: Great Power Competition and Technology Challenges,” takes stock of the new imperatives driving defense planning. The emergence of great power competition comes at a time of rapid and globally-distributed technological innovation that increasingly shapes the strategic and operational threat environment. For those in the security community focused on WMD threats, interest is growing about how the nexus of great power competition and dynamic new technologies is generating a shifting landscape of risk. The symposium seeks to promote a better understanding of this landscape by bringing together the perspectives of policy, operational, and technology experts, as well as senior leaders from the United States and its allies and partners.


As we kick-off our series of virtual 2020 symposium events on 17-18 June, please join us in exploring how the convergence of geopolitics and emerging technology will shape WMD issues such as: Great Power Nuclear Competition, Chemical Warfare Threats in Great Power Competition, Biotechnology and Defense Innovation, and Disinformation and WMD.


Full symposium details, including the agenda and registration information, are available here.


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If you have any questions about the symposium, please direct your inquiries to WMDCenter_Symposium@ndu.edu.