Mr. Jean Reed

Faculty/Distinguished Research Fellow

Jean ReedPhone: 202-685-2503
Areas of Expertise: Biological & Chemical Warfare; Countering WMD; Defense Policy; Homeland Security; Science and Technology

Mr. Jean D. Reed came to the National Defense University’s Center for Technology and National Security Policy in October 2010, following a distinguished career of four and one-half years as Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Chemical Biological Defense and Chemical Demilitarization (DATSD(CBD/CD)) and almost fifty years combined military and civilian government service. Appointed to the Senior Executive Service and DATSD in December 2005, Mr. Reed was responsible for oversight, coordination, and integration of the chemical and biological medical and non-medical defense program throughout the Department of Defense and the program for destruction of the United States stockpile of lethal chemical agents and munitions, each program totaling over $1.5 billion annually. He was instrumental in advancing the U.S. capability for countering emerging biological and chemical threats, establishing the highly successful, five-year, $1.7 billion Transformational Medical Technology Initiative in 2006 and the DoD and Interagency program for accelerated development and fielding of countermeasures against Non-Traditional Agents in 2009.

Prior to his appointment as DATSD (CBD/CD), Mr. Reed served for 15 years as a professional staff member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Armed Services, where he had principal responsibility for staff oversight of Navy research and development, Defense-wide science and technology, chemical- biological defense, and chemical weapons demilitarization programs. He was a principal member of the Committee staff team on the Persian Gulf War; principal staff member for the Committee’s special inquiry into the chemical and biological threat and co-authored the inquiry’s 1993 report, Countering the Chemical and Biological Weapons Threat in the Post-Soviet World; and was also principal staff member for the Research and Development Sub-Committee’s series of hearings on Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism and Information Assurance. Colonel Reed’s military career included 30 years progressive experience in a succession of line and staff positions of increasing responsibility, including field artillery battery command, Army Materiel Command, two combat tours in Vietnam as an advisor and brigade operations and intelligence officer, US Field Artillery School combat developments, nuclear-capable field artillery battalion command, deputy commander of a nuclear-capable corps artillery in Germany, major research and development laboratory command, and two tours on the Department of the Army General Staff. As a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program manager and Assistant Director for Weapons Technology, he was responsible for the Assault Breaker and Tank Breaker weapon system demonstration programs (which were subsequently fielded as the Army Tactical Missile System and the Javelin medium anti-armor missile system). He retired from the Army in September, 1990.


  • Project Leader: Response to an Unforeseen Chemical Hazard Study (RUCHS)
  • Project Leader: Response to Unforeseen Biological Hazard Study (RUBH)


  • NATO’s Theater Nuclear Forces – A Coherent Strategy for the 80’s, National Defense University Press, 1983.
  • Countering the Chemical and Biological Weapons Threat in the Post Soviet World, Armed Services Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, Government Printing Office, February 1993.
  • Keynote Remarks at the 12th Symposium on Electromagnetic Launch Technology,
    Proceedings 2004 12th Symposium on Electromagnetic Launch Technology, IEEE
    Spectrum, 25-28 May 2005.
  • “The DOD Perspective,” Conference Proceedings, 2009 Chemical and Biological
    Defense Science and Technology Conference in Dallas, TX, Defense Threat
    Reduction Agency, 2009.