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Associate Professor and Acting Program Chair of the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (NPTS) program Philipp C. Bleek and MA NPTS student Cyrus Jabbari published in June on the chemical and biological weapons implications of emerging microfluidics technology in U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings. As they summarize, “Despite the volume of investigation of and investment in microfluidics by the United States, the rapid maturation and diffusion of microfluidics technology coupled with the relative lack of awareness or visible discussion among nonproliferation and counterproliferation experts leaves the nation at risk of either adversarial technology surprise or misuse. Adversaries, such as China and Iran, which endeavor to degrade U.S. and allied capabilities and counter U.S. interests, have invested significantly in research and development of microfluidics systems. The Department of Defense must seek broader awareness of this technology and should enhance collaboration across the various agencies and companies who are affected by and/or have the ability to shape emerging microfluidics technology especially in research for defense against weapons of mass destruction.”

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