Woodward Speaks at Intelligence Event
John D. Woodward, Jr., a Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, was the featured speaker at the quarterly meeting of the New England chapter of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) held at MIT’s Endicott House in Dedham on April 9, 2016.
A retired CIA officer with extensive overseas service, Prof. Woodward presented on the topic, “Countering the Use of Biological Weapons.” He discussed the biological weapons threat, the unique challenges it poses and policy approaches.
Prof. Woodward noted that, “The hard problem of countering BW will only get harder largely because of advances in the life sciences and information technologies. In essence, these advances mean more people can wreak greater BW-derived harm.”
Prof. Woodward was hosted by Arthur Hulnick, Professor Emeritus of the Pardee School. Thirty people participated in the event. AFIO is a national non-profit educational association whose membership includes current and former intelligence professionals and those interested in the US intelligence community.
John D. Woodward, Jr. is a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer. During his twenty-year CIA career, John served as an operations officer in the Clandestine Service and as a technical intelligence officer in the Directorate of Science and Technology, with assignments in Washington, DC, East Asia, Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East. You can learn more about him here.