Preventing Global Catastrophic Biological Risks

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Event.png Preventing Global Catastrophic Biological Risks(Pandemic/Preparation,  Civil unrest/Preparation,  mid-level deep event,  planning exercise) Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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DateFebruary 14, 2020 - February 16, 2020
LocationMunich Security Conference,  Munich,  Germany
ParticipantsBeth Cameron, Jaime Yassif, Jacob Jordan, Jacob Eckles, Bradley Dickerson, Jessica Dymond, Melissa Flagg, Dylan George, John Glass, Matt Hepburn, Robert Mikulak, Christopher Park, David Rakestraw, Mallory Stewart, Renee Wegrzyn, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Tang Bei, Smaïl Chergui, Richard Hatchett, Orin Levine, Ottilia Anna Maunganidze, Ernest J. Moniz, Robert Nass, Sam Nunn, James Revill, Joan Rohlfing, Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Elhadj As Sy, Adrian Thomas, Peter A. Carr, Richard Danzig, Amanda Dion-Schultz, Avril Haines, Hiski Haukkala, Norm Kahn, George Korch, Dimitri Kusnezov, Piers Millet, Jayne Morrow, Deborah Rosenblum, Carmen MacDougall, Mimi Hall, Rachel Staley Grant, Cassidy Nelson, Kevin O’Prey, Bradley Dickerson
PerpetratorsGeorgetown University Medical Center, Open Philanthropy Project, Nuclear Threat Initiative, Center for Global Development
Interestspandemics
DescriptionSimulation of a global influenza pandemic predicting an apocalyptic outcome. Held February 2020, with a who-is-who of pandemic planners. Held February 2020.

In February 2020, during the Munich Security Conference, the US think-tank Nuclear Threat Initiative paid for a scenario-based tabletop exercise with senior leaders from around the world "to identify gaps in global capabilities to prevent and respond to a high-consequence biological event."[1]

The February 2020 event included a daylong predecessor exercise in Washington DC in December 2019. Both exercises were sponsored and dominated by actors from the US biosecurity apparatus, who also set the agenda and wrote the report with recommendations.

Participants were asked to consider the scenario and candidly (under Chatham House rules of secrecy) discuss gaps in mechanisms, coordination, and information sharing to reduce biological risks associated with advances in technology and high-consequence biological events.

As the organizers point out "Although the event had been planned for months, the fictional disease in the scenario swept the globe in a way eerily similar to COVID-19 and foreshadowed the widespread impact and paralyzing knock-on effects that the world is now experiencing." Participants determined "that...global leaders...must consider bold changes to the international biosecurity architecture".

Scenario

Set in late summer 2020, the fictional scenario opene an unexplained influenza virus that is killing international travelers from Aplea, a fictional middle-income country with a burgeoning bioscience and biotechnology economy. As the exercise unfolds, research teams from two World Health Organization collaborating centers sequence the responsible strain and identify it as an engineered version of H2N2 influenza virus, which is related to a strain that circulated among humans several decades earlier. Despite an emerging international consensus that this is a laboratory-created virus, the intent and identity of its creators remain unknown.[1]


 

Participants

ParticipantDescription
Amanda Dion-Schultz
Bradley Dickerson
Gro Harlem BrundtlandDeep state/WHO connected Prime Minister/DG, concerned about "too much freedom of speech"
Beth CameronAmerican national security expert specializing in biosecurity, biodefense, and bioterrorism. Also participated in private pandemic exercises for Ted Turner's Nuclear Threat Initiative.
Carmen MacDougall
Cassidy Nelson
Christopher Park
Richard Danzig
David Rakestraw
Deborah Rosenblum
Dimitri Kusnezov
Dylan George
Elhadj As Sy
Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall
Ernest J. Moniz
George Korch
Avril Haines"The proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothing". Possible central figure in several major psy-ops, including Russiagate and COVID-19.
Richard J. HatchettEarly pusher (2001) for obligatory confinement of the whole population in case of biological emergency.
Matt HepburnLeader of Operation Warp Speed with conflict of interests
Hiski Haukkala
Jacob Eckles
Jacob Jordan
Jaime Yassif
James Revill
Jayne Morrow
Jessica Dymond
Joan Rohlfing
John Glass
Kevin O’Prey
Mallory Stewart
Melissa Flagg
Mimi Hall
Norm Kahn
Sam NunnUSDSO? Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, founded the Nuclear Threat Initiative, 2 Bilderbergers, participated in both Operation Dark Winter & A Spreading Plague
Orin Levine
Ottilia Anna Maunganidze
Peter A. Carr
Piers Millet
Rachel Staley Grant
Renee Wegrzyn
Robert Mikulak
Robert Nass
Smaïl Chergui
Tang Bei
Adrian ThomasPharma executive


References

  1. a b https://www.nti.org/about/projects/global-catastrophic-biological-risks/preventing-global-catastrophic-biological-risks-tabletop-exercise-2020-munich-security-conference/ The February 2020 excersise included: Gro Harlem Brundtland,Tang Bei,Smaïl Chergui,Richard Hatchett, Orin Levine,Ottilia Anna Maunganidze,Ernest J. Moniz,Robert Nass,Sam Nunn,James Revill,Joan Rohlfing,Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall,Elhadj As Sy,Adrian Thomas;The December 2019 Washington excerise included Dr. Peter A. Carr,Dr. Richard Danzi,Dr. Amanda Dion-Schultz,Avril Haines,Dr. Hiski Haukkala,Dr. Norm Kahn,Dimitri Kusnezov,Piers Millet,Jayne Morrow,Joan Rohlfing,Deborah Rosenblum; other names include people who helped with the scenario setup or report