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David Hassell Appointed Deputy Asst Secretary for Chemical, Biological Defense

PentagonDr. David C. Hassell has joined the Senior Executive Service and will serve as the Pentagon’s deputy assistant secretary for chemical and biological defense, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Tuesday.

Hassell most recently served as program management officer and assistant director for the FBI’s laboratory division.

Prior to FBI, he managed research, development, testing and evaluation of defense, national security, intelligence and energy technologies at the Oklahoma State University Multispectral Laboratories.

He also oversaw scientific research programs at Dupont, Applied Marine Technologies and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Hassell was assigned to offer expertise in chemical and biological warfare to the Baghdad-based Iraq Survey Group during his time with LANL.

He has authored many scientific publications and held leadership roles in several professional societies and technical forums.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in analytics chemistry from University of Texas, Austin.

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