Dr. Elizabeth Dugan has broad experience in the field of homeland security and defense with specialized expertise in foreign and domestic consequence management, technical CBRNE capabilities, complex analysis, DOD and DHS policy and operations, emergency preparedness and public health issues. Dr. Dugan served as a Principal Analyst for one of the Department of Homeland Security’s Federally Funded Research and Development Centers. In this position she conducted studies for numerous DHS headquarter and operational components, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), and the Office of Health Affairs (OHA). Additionally, as a Principal Analyst, she contributed to several other projects including DHS biological hazards planning, the Executive Order on Import Safety, and developing a decision criteria summary system for DHS officials.
In prior positions, Dr. Dugan served as a Program Director for General Dynamics Corporation. Under this position, Dr. Dugan provided high-level technical judgment to support to the Army Office of The Surgeon General in support of the Army Medical Department’s (AMEDD) Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (CBRNE) Program. Moreover, she oversaw the design, development and execution of large-scale (national and international) CBRNE table-top and field exercises to enhance U.S. Army and civilian emergency medical/mass casualty planning and response. These exercises enforced the validation of procedures and provided recommendations for improvements in CBRNE emergency response plans, policies and procedures. In parallel to this work, Dr. Dugan also supported developing and validating the NATO publication “Concepts of Operations for NBC Environments,” including impact assessment methodology, decision support framework, mass casualty management plans, guidance on selecting optimal interventions, and comprehensive command and control architecture. Dr. Dugan served as principal developer of the Los Angeles County Operational Area Strategic National Stockpile (LAC OA SNS) Plan that encompasses 88 counties and assisted in the development of LAC OA Strategic National Stockpile logistics support, including the plan for acquisition of medical countermeasures for chemical and biological weapons and assessment of local stockpiles contents.
Dr. Dugan holds a PH.D. in Biodefense from George Mason University, a Master of Public Health for the George Washington University, a Master of Science in Microbiology from Texas Tech University, a Bachelor’s of Science from Texas Tech University and a Certificate in Project Management from Georgetown University. She is certified as an Emergency Management Specialist and is trained in forensic epidemiology, as well, as US Army CBNRE training procedures