Joseph DeFranco

Joseph DeFranco, is Student Fellow of the Strategic Multilayer Assesmdsnt Branch of the Joint Staff of the Pentagon. He is currently pursuing graduate studies in biodefense at the Schar School of Policy and Government of George Mason University. He previously served as J-5 Donovan Group Fellow in Biowarfare and Biosecurity, at US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), and was on the staff of Congressman Donald S. Beyer (VA-08). His current research focuses upon the possible use of novel microbiological agents and big data as force-mul­tiplying elements in non-kinetic, hybrid, and kinetic engagements, and the role of global agencies in biosecurity.

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