A raid on a suspected drug lab uncovers more than narcotics. An operations team discovers explosives, traces of chemical warfare agents, and a planned terrorist attack targeting an upcoming city event.
Intelligence gathering leads to a well-known human trafficker with ties to organized crime. When the reconnaissance team arrives at the criminal’s apartment, they discover a possible biological threat as well.
Fortunately for the communities in Croatia where these events played out, the above scenario wasn’t a real situation but a week-long training exercise on countering weapons of mass destruction (CWMD). Teams from multiple nations rehearsed their response, received feedback in real time, and had honest conversations on how prepared they were and the resources they’d need to get there.
Brigadier General (Retired) William King is one of the leaders behind this initiative and involved in CWMD efforts worldwide. A Booz Allen principal and senior fellow, King serves as chairman for several CWMD-related organizations, including the National Defense Industry Association chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN) division, Defense Strategies Institute’s CBRN forums, and the CBRNe Society’s Non-Conventional Threats global forums, where he is also on the Board of Directors.
Here King shares more about what he does, his career path, and why this work is so important.