January 7, 2004
The Working Group, founded in 1989, has joined the Center’s newly expanded program on biological and chemical weapons control. At present, the defining goals of the Working Group and the program are reinforcing the norm against biological weapons and broadening the norm to encompass all misuse of biology. Major interests include preventing the development of biochemical disabling agents as weapons, promoting international measures to monitor biological weapons-capable activities, global cooperative measures for combating infectious diseases, ethical education of bioscientists, and monitoring US biodefense and anti-bioterrorism activities. The Working Group develops working papers and reports on technical and policy issues and holds seminars and briefings for US and international officials.
Working Group members have extensive experience with biological weapons issues and significant technical expertise that they contribute on a voluntary basis. The Group is chaired by Dr. Barbara Hatch Rosenberg, a molecular biologist at the State University of New York at Purchase.
The Working Group can be reached at email@example.com or at the Center’s Capitol Hill headquarters: