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Nuancing National Security

August 18, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm CDT

A central mandate of any national government is national security, but the responsibility involves much more than traditional military defense capabilities. Today, while balancing military and diplomacy priorities, national governments assess and combat threats in cyberspace and outer space, water supplies and power grids, food production and energy chains. In this six-part virtual series, the International Relations Council will take a deep dive into the national security arena, offering historical context and global perspective for core dimensions of national security and exploring the risks, priorities, and tactics on the radar of U.S. security policy.

About the Speaker

Dr. Ken Burton is currently the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) Coordinator and APHIS lead for USDA NBAF in Manhattan, KS.

Dr. Burton received his Bachelor of Science in biology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Kansas State University. He owned and operated the Lyons Veterinary Clinic in Lyons, Kansas for 28 years, providing rural Rice County residents with companion animal and food animal production veterinary medicine and surgery.

In 2010, Dr. Burton became Program Director for the National Agricultural Biosecurity Center (NABC) at K State. He was principle investigator and co-principle investigator on projects involving transboundary animal disease (TAD) response planning, training, and education at the national, state and local levels.

Burton was also Director of Project Coordination for the Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI) at K-State. He provided oversight for BSL-3, ABSL-3, and BSL-3Ag research scheduling, research transition to containment, communications between research teams and BRI staff, and directed pre-project coordination prior to containment. He also provided veterinary support for TAD projects in containment.

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