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Battelle's John Wade to Lead NDIA's Chemical Biological Defense Division

Posted on Oct 3, 2012


WASHINGTON, D.C., 3 October, 2012—The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) has appointed Battelle’s Dr. John Wade as chairman of its division overseeing chemical and biological defense issues.

Wade is an internationally recognized expert in chemical and biological (chem bio) defense issues from both the scientific and operational perspectives. He replaces outgoing chair Brigadier General (Ret.) Dean Ertwine, who held the position for six years and also works for Battelle. Wade has been co-chair of the NDIA’s Chemical and Biological Defense Acquisition Initiative Forum (CBDAIF) for the past two years.

The group is charged with promoting the exchange of information related to the defense against weapons of mass destruction among the U.S. Department of Defense and other government agencies, industry and academia.

Chartered in 1996, it focuses on issues including: policy, program and budget matters, research and development, acquisition, production, logistical support, training, doctrine and organization.

Wade is a vice president and manager of the Joint & Interagency group in Battelle’s National Security division, where he has worked in a variety of roles since 1999. Prior to that Wade served 22 years active duty in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps and retired as a Colonel and also worked at the Pentagon as Acting Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Counterproliferation and Chemical and Biological Defense.

“I’m pleased to lead this group of distinguished board members,” Wade said. “With Battelle’s long history of working with industry and government partners in the chem bio community it seems a natural fit that will bring value to all involved.”

About Battelle

As the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses:  Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.2 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. 

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including eight national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the United Kingdom.

Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

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