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The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has raised questions about the global community’s ability to adequately contain and treat a life-threatening pandemic. The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center will host David Hamon, director of Banyan Analytics and a former senior official at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and Alex Philp, founder and president of GCS, to discuss “Global Pandemics and Bioterrorism: Are We Prepared? Implementing Resiliency Through International Exchange, Planning and Capacity Development.”

The program begins at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall at the University of Montana. The event is free and open to the public, but RVSPs are requested by calling 243-2988 or emailing mercedes.becker@umontana.edu.

In their talk, Hamon and Philp will examine how a global pandemic could affect Montana, the resiliency of the country’s infrastructure in the face of an outbreak or bioterrorist attack and what the U.S. can do to prepare itself for such an event.

Hamon has 33 years of experience in international security affairs. He spent nearly 10 years with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency working on strategic research and dialogues for the Advanced Systems and Concepts Office. He also has served with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Africa Policy, as director of policy and programs, during which time he worked with the United Nations Peacekeeping Department.

Philp is the founder of GCS, a geoanalytics company that uses cloud, mobile and analytic services to provide critical information for management, defense and health care systems. He launched GCS as a spinoff from NASA-funded research and development in advanced geospatial information technology at UM.

The Mansfield Center at UM promotes better understanding of Asia, U.S. relations with Asia and ethics in public affairs in the spirit of former U.S. Sen. Mike Mansfield and his wife, Maureen. 

For more information, visit umt.edu/mansfield.

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