Friday, October 7, 2016

Explosives Precursor Meeting Announced – 10-26-16

Today the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine announced the first open session meeting of the Study Committee on “Reducing the Threat of Improvised Explosive Device Attacks by Restricting Access to Chemical Explosive Precursors”. The meeting will be held on October 26th, 2016 in Washington, DC.

The newly selected chair of the Committee, Victoria Greenfield, will open the meeting. David Wulf, the Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD) Director, will then outline the purpose of the study. This will be followed by a panel discussion looking at the potential scope of the problem. The panel will consist of:

• Patrick Starke, DHS;
• Kevin Sheehan, FBI;
• Col. Bradley B. Preston, DOD Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization; and
• Special Agent Will McCrary, DOJ Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

There will be a brief public comment period at the end of the meeting. The announcement did not include mention of any provisions for providing written comments.

The meeting is open to the public, but due to limited seating, advance registration is recommended.

NOTE: DHS noted that on Tuesday the Academies had completed the selection of the Study Committee. No announcement has yet been made about who was selected for that Study Committee.

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