On Monday, April 10, 2023, the Strauss-Clements Intelligence Studies Project, Strauss Center for International Security and Law, and Clements Center for National Security, in partnership with the LBJ School of Public Affairs, will host Dr. Robert P. Kadlec, former Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and senior policy advisor for Pandemic Preparedness and Biosecurity to former Senator Richard Burr, for a briefing of the final report on the 20-month Senate investigation into the origins of COVID-19.
Dr. Robert P. Kadlec has devoted his career to bio defense and public health. He served as the senior policy advisor for Pandemic Preparedness and Biosecurity to Senator Richard Burr. Dr. Kadlec was the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Drawing on a career of relevant experience in the Department of Defense, the U.S. Senate, and the White House, including from 2017 to 2021 in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as Assistant Secretary for Preparedness, Dr. Kadlec brings a strong “whole of government” perspective to this discussion. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a doctor of medicine and master’s degree in tropical medicine and hygiene from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, a master’s degree in national security studies from Georgetown University, and an honorary doctorate of science from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.