CBRNE Industry Group
The Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) Industry Group is a non-profit association composed of 130 companies, not-for-profit organizations, and consultants who support national and international CBRNE defense activities. In addition to military defense against CBRNE weapons of mass destruction (WMD), the CBRNE Industry Group interests encompass domestic preparedness against WMDs, the Chemical Weapons Convention and other treaties. Member organizations also are actively involved in CBRNE programs that include destruction of WMDs around the world.
William E. King IV, Chair
Phone: (571) 286-7891
Booz | Allen | Hamilton William King BG(R) William King has served in a wide variety of command, leadership, and staff positions across numerous levels of the U.S. Army, Joint Task Forces, Regional Commands, and most recently as the Commanding General 20th CBRNE Command before retiring on 19 July 2017 with 30+ years of active duty US Army service. He joined Booz Allen Hamilton in 2017 as an Executive Advisor for the Joint Combatant Commands (JCC) Account and on 12 Oct 2018 was designated as an Industry CWMD Senior Fellow. He is developing the market for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, assessing synchronization and integration, advising senior government clients, and serves as the Booz Allen market lead on challenges/opportunities, and providing strategic thinking for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) policies, modernization, capability and capacity development. BG(R) King’s expertise, honed through a series of multi-echelon capability and leadership positions, has prepared him to tackle the nation’s most complex CWMD challenges. He is a known luminary and clear leader in the field. He is widely recognized for his breadth of knowledge, experience, and depth of understanding of CWMD challenges. He is skilled at addressing complex problems, is intellectually agile, and is a recognized leader who inspires others and builds teams with ease.
John Wheeler, Director
Phone: (703) 626-6267
BIG, LLC John Wheeler has been involved in the CBRNE industry supporting the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) and Joint Program Executive Office (JPEO) for over 25 years. He has overseen numerous contracts that resulted in the successful delivery of over $1B of services and products throughout the world in support of national defense. In 2005, John co-founded Veteran Corps of America (VCA) intending to hire military veterans and their families to support CBRNE and technology requirements. VCA’s motto, “We Are Veteran Enabled!” reflects a family legacy of military service that includes General Earl G. Wheeler, 46-year Army veteran and longest-serving Chairman of the Joint Chiefs (1964-1970). In 2013, John was awarded the Order of the Dragon by the Chemical Corps Regimental Association for his ongoing patronage and support. Prior to being acquired by INTERFUZE Corporation in 2017, VCA provided over $1M to numerous veteran charities and support events and was named to the Inc 500 four times, including #30. In 2020, John left VCA to form Bullock Island Group (www.goBIG.llc) to support strategic relationship development, public policy, and natural resources conservation. In addition, he is President of the Jefferson Islands Club (www.theJIC.org), a 501c non-profit formed in 1931 whose mission is to support bipartisanship and compromise in Government leadership. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Virginia and resides in Clifton, Virginia with his wife Jennifer.
Michael Corle, Vice Chair
Phone: (571) 355-4610
First Line Technology Michael Corle, SGT (WVARNG), DeconTech product line manager at First Line Technology, LLC – FLT designs and manufacturers disaster preparedness and response equipment. FLT works with first responders and the military to develop innovative products that make their jobs easier and their lives – and the lives of the people they serve – safer. In addition to working with First Line Technology, Michael is also a Fire Direction Center Chief with B Battery 1/201st FA located in Morgantown, WV. The 1st Battalion 201st Field Artillery is the longest continuously serving unit in the history of United States, dating back to 17 February 1735. Prior to that, the Decon NCOIC with the West Virginia CBRN Enhanced Response Force – Package (CERF-P) team. Michael brings over 10 years of operational experience to the community training and educating stakeholders on decontamination Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs). Michael has been awarded numerous Army Achievement Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Medal, and numerous state medals. Michael currently resides in Bealeton, Virginia with his family.
Jeff Lesho, Secretary
Phone: (240) 300-3765
Defense Architecture Systems Dr. Lesho is a Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Defense Architecture Systems specializing in Systems Architecture and Engineering, Chem-Bio sensor integration and satellite instrumentation production. Previously a Principal Professional Staff Engineer in the National Security Analysis Department at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory with 32 years of technical experience, 10 years in line management and 6 years of program management experience, including writing proposals, technical guidance and producing contract deliverables. At APL, Dr. Lesho was the Group Supervisor of the Systems and Software Engineering Group which focuses on national security issues including communications, networking, health care and intelligence technology. Manager of 35 engineers working on enterprise architectures, software integration, special mission networks, assured communications and systems optimization. Previously, he was the chief engineer leading the Development Cell for the Global Combatting WMD Awareness System. Dr. Lesho has expertise in electrical and biomedical engineering, intelligence analysis, counter WMD and counter IED engineering, data analysis, software design, materials science and engineering, organizational development and leadership. In the biomedical area, his work involved ingestible and implantable biomedical telemetry devices, prosthetics, human robot interaction and catheter launched diagnostic devices, with 14 US Patents. In the intelligence area, he invented a method that maps insurgent activities which is included in the CENTCOM campaign plan. He led the effort to deploy defense in depth Chem-Bio sensors to border crossings and has a practical understanding of chemical and biological based sensors. He has grown a 20 person organization to a 55 person organization and then reorganized it into two groups and then into a new department. He has experience as the lead engineer in the design and deployment of space-qualified hardware with over 10 years of on-orbit operations and has taken instruments from the conceptual stage through flight qualification testing, launch, on-orbit operations, data analysis and publication of results in peer-review journals. He teaches 3 graduate-level classes for the Johns Hopkins University, in Human Robotics Interactions, Sensor Systems Engineering and Sensors and Systems for Homeland Security. He has been Secretary of the Group for several years.
CAO Carolanne O’Neil is the Marketing + Brand Manager for Veteran Corps – An INTERFUZE Company. Carolanne has been an active member of the CBRNE Industry Group for the past five years. She also serves as the creative director for CAO, a graphic design firm specializing in corporate branding and marketing, she proudly promotes the CBRNE Industry Group with her talents designing & managing the CBRNE Industry Group Website and supporting the executive director with event engagement and promotion. As an award-winning designer, Carolanne spent much of her career focusing on branding, identity systems, invitations, retail and corporate marketing, and publication design. After 20+ years of experience in the industry, she established CAO, an independent graphic design firm based in the Washington, D.C. metro area. In 2013, one of her clients, Veteran Corps, asked her to come aboard full time and she jumped at the chance to be a part of their efforts. Carolanne is a member of CLONE: CBRNE Ladies Only Network. She also supports the Chemical Corps Regimental Association through golf event management, helping to raise new milestones in the donation amounts to the Corps and engage with the soldiers in the community. Carolanne received a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Art + Architecture Graphic Design program at Penn State University in University Park, PA.
Kimberly Chamblin, Ph.D., Director
ADS, Inc. Kimberly Chamblin, Ph.D. is the CBRNe Business Development Manager for ADS, Inc. In this capacity, Kim calls upon the JPEO, DHS and other key government stakeholders. Kim is passionate about CBRNe threat mitigation and emergency response. Prior to joining ADS, Kim served as a Legislative Affairs Consultant to the J1/8 and in the J5 at U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany. Kim proudly served as a GS14 at the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office from 2006-2008. She started her federal career at Department of Energy/NNSA after graduating with an M.A.I.A. from American University in 2001. She holds a Ph.D in Organizational Leadership from the University of Oklahoma (2016), and her dissertation, “A CASE STUDY OF A RADIATION DETECTION EQUIPMENT PROGRAM: DO THE ADVOCACY COALITION FRAMEWORK AND THE ISSUE ATTENTION CYCLE INFORM CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET DECISIONS?” addresses the challenges that face decision makers who allocate resources and drive decisions related to complex technical equipment. Kim is happiest in her roles of USMC wife and mother to three boys.
Neil Cohen, Director
Phone: (703) 229-3438
Dynamis, Inc. Neil Cohen has served on the NBC board since 2009 and has led new membership recruitment as well as current member outreach efforts via conferences and the NBC Group Member LinkedIn page. Neil has been actively involved within the CBRN industry since 2002. Neil currently supports Corporate Growth and Strategic Capture at Dynamis Inc., a Fairfax, VA based Federal Contracting and IT firm. Prior, he worked for Defense Group Inc. where he served as Director of Business Development for the COBRA CBRN software division, which was acquired by Dynamis in 2016. Neil has over 30 years’ experience in sales and business development and earned his B.A. from The College of New Jersey in 1989 and his M.B.A from Marymount University in 2000. Neil also has written four published fiction and non-fiction books. He is married with two daughters.
Ron Fizer, Director
LMI Ronald Fizer, U.S. Army Colonel (retired) lends his technical and analytical expertise to solve complex problems related to countering weapons of mass destruction (CWMD) and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) defense. A highly regarded technical expert,Col. Fizer is sought by a wide range of clients to rapidly develop integrated capabilities and implement those solutions into their operations to improve readiness and reduce risk. Prior to joining LMI, he spent 30 years in active duty, serving in various command, staff, and leadership positions across the Army, Joint Staff, and Secretary of Defense staff in tactical, strategic, and institutional support organizations within the United States, Germany, South Korea, and Iraq. His final assignment was as Principal Director to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Chemical and Biological Defense Programs. Col. Fizer is a distinguished graduate of the National Defense University’s Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, where he received a Master of Science degree. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in general science and a master’s degree in public administration with emphasis in environmental science management. He has received numerous awards, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star. He also earned the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, and Army Staff Identification Badges.
Michael Impastato, Director
Defense Equipment Company Mike Impastato currently is employed with Defense Equipment Company as the CBRN/CWMD Business Development Manager. In this position, since October 2017, Mike has been providing direct support to ADS in growing their CBRNE/CWMD portfolio along with their Fire and Emergency Services portfolio to the Department of Defense and the Federal Agencies. Mike has been involved with CBRNe for over 30 years. Prior to working for Defense Equipment Company, he served in the United States Marines and worked extensively in the CBRN community. Working his way up from Sergeant to CWO5, Mike held a multitude of billets from Infantry Battalions, Marine Expeditionary Units, CBIRF, and up to working in the Pentagon as the CWMD Plans and Policy Officer for Headquarters Marine Corps. While assigned to the HQMC staff Mike helped shape and develop the first two generations of Service and Joint Staff CWMD Policies, Doctrine and Contingency Plans. Mike finished his 30-year career with the Marines at Marine Forces Command as the Senior CBRN Officer in the Marine Corps. Mike Impastato has had the privilege to help shape equipment development for the JPEO-CBD, along with Marine Corps specific options. He has experience in CBRN detection, decontamination, personal protective equipment, doctrine and policy development. Mike currently resides in Jacksonville North Carolina with his family and friends.
Year Chair Organization When Chair
1996-1997 Bill Richardson Bill Richardson Consulting
1997-1998 Marilyn Ripin JAYCOR
1998-1999 Manuel Sanches System Planning Corp
1999-2000 John Carrico SRI International
2000-2001 Sam Ankerbrandt Braddock Smith Group
2001-2002 Amoretta M. Hoeber AMH Consulting
2002-2003 James F. Horton Horton Consulting
2003-2004 Arlene Selber GEO-CENTERS, INC.
2004-2005 John Wade Battelle Memorial Institute
2005-2006 Allan Cameron CSC
2006-2007 Bruce Dobbs Washington Group International
2007-2008 Virginia Morlock Northrop Grumman
2008-2009 James T. Ferguson, Sr. Technology Marketing
2009-2010 Lynn Henselman Capitol Consulting Group, LLC
2010-2011 Chris Parker Northrop Grumman
2011-2012 Eric Reid SAIC
2012-2013 Mandy Lopez Tex-Shield, Inc.
2013-2014 Bill Baugh Bill Baugh Associates
2014-2015 Rebecca Robertson INFICON, Inc.
2015-2016 Virginia Morlock Northrop Grumman
2016-2017 Justin Haynes Gore® Creative Technologies Worldwide
2017-2018 Pat Sharon LMI
2018-2019 Charles Janney Veteran Corps – An INTERFUZE Company
2019-2020 Scott Robinson Battelle
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