HDIAC Webinar - Department of Homeland Security Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office
The Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is tasked, by Congress, to coordinate the federal government’s efforts to prevent chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) terrorism within the United States. DHS/CWMD works with many interagency partners, bringing 872 authorities to engage with state, local, tribal, and territorial governments.  Its mission is to support the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense & Global Security by developing and overseeing strategies, policies, and their implementation to prevent the proliferation of WMD and WMD-related materials. Strategic goals include anticipating, identifying, and assessing current and emerging WMD threats; strengthening detection and disruption of CBRN threats; and synchronizing homeland counter-WMD with health security planning and execution. This webinar will provide insight into the relationships, capabilities, and authorities that make the DHS/CWMD office a unique and valuable resource.

Presenter:
Colonel Jeremiah Aeschleman enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1990 as an Infantryman while attending Eastern Illinois University. Upon graduation from Eastern Illinois, Colonel Aeschleman was commissioned into the Field Artillery as a Second Lieutenant. He began his commissioned service as an artilleryman in the 3rd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery Regiment and stayed with the artillery for ten years. During that time, he commanded two batteries, taking one to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon his return from Iraq, Colonel Aeschleman transitioned back to the Infantry and took a teaching position as an ROTC instructor. After three years, he became a Nuclear Counter-proliferation Officer (FA52). This new career path landed him at the Defense Threat Reduction agency from 2009 to 2013 doing nuclear research, modeling, and technical reachback. He then transferred to USNORTHCOM and ran the Mobile Consolidated Command Center for three years. Following that assignment, Colonel Aeschleman moved to Germany to again serve with DTRA working on nuclear accident preparedness. Colonel Aeschleman is an FA 52 currently assigned as the Military Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction at DHS. He received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1996 and a Master of Science in Chemistry from Eastern Illinois University in 2000.
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