About the Author

Colonel David R. Franz, Deputy Commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, has served within the Medical Research and Development Command for 19 of his 23 years on active duty. He has been assigned to four of the Command's laboratories and has personally conducted research and published in the areas of frostbite pathogenesis, organophosphate chemical warfare agent effects on pulmonary and upper airways function, the role of cell-mediated small vessel dysfunction in cerebral malaria, and most recently, medical countermeasures to the biological toxins. Before joining the Command, he served as Group Veterinarian for the 10th Special Forces Group. Recently, Colonel Franz has served as Chief Inspector on two United Nations Special Commission biological warfare inspection missions to Iraq and as technical advisor on long-term monitoring. He also served as a member of the first two US/UK teams which visited Russia in support of the Trilateral Joint Statement on Biological Weapons and as a member of the Trilateral Experts' Committee for BW negotiations. Colonel Franz holds the D.V.M. degree from Kansas State University and the Ph.D. in Physiology from Baylor College of Medicine.

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