Dr. Ron Hann, a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES), is the Director, Chemical/Biological Technologies Department (J9CB) for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and the USSTRATCOM Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (SCC-WMD), located on Fort Belvoir, Va. DTRA/SCC-WMD safeguards America and its allies from weapons of mass destruction (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high explosives) by providing capabilities to reduce, eliminate, and counter the threat, along with mitigating its effects.
Dr. Hann oversees a vibrant science and technology department that works with industry, research universities, other agencies within the Department of Defense and the U.S. government to research, develop and field revolutionary technologies that address the threats posed by chemical and biological weapons, materials, agents and emerging diseases to our warfighters; J9CB also includes the Joint Science and Technology Office, a member of the Chemical and Biological Defense Program (CBDP). This office, established in 2003 by Congress, is tasked to develop, coordinate, integrate, execute, and transition DoD CB S&T medical and nonmedical programs in response to Joint Requirements Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense requirements, the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical Biological Defense programs, and Chemical and Biological Defense Program Test and Evaluation technology needs.
Dr. Hann was promoted to the SES in April 2014 following his retirement from the U.S. Army Chemical Corps after almost 27 years of active duty. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Acting Director of J9CB. His first military tour with DTRA/SCC-WMD was in 2002 where he was assigned as a Mission Commander to the Chemical and Biological Division, On-Site Inspection Directorate. As mission commander, he led over 20 sensitive inspections at US chemical storage and destruction facilities in cooperation with the OPCW. While in that tour, he helped train, equip, deploy and led site exploitation teams in Iraq in the search for evidence of Saddam Hussein’s WMD program. Following that tour, he earned a doctorate in Organic Synthesis from the University of Virginia; then taught Organic Chemistry at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he was promoted to assistant professor of chemistry. While there, his research efforts in “green” chemistry with the Pyrotechnics Pilot Plant at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., earned him a co-patent for barium free white light signals and several co-authored papers published in peer reviewed journals.
Dr. Hann’s other assignments in the Army included Squadron Operations Officer (S3) for the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Fort Polk, La., (2001-02); Division Liaison Officer for 3rd Infantry Division in Bosnia, Herzegovina (2000-01); Regimental Chemical Officer of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Fort Polk, La., (1999-2000); Instructor/Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. (1994-97 and 2008-12); Commander of Radcliff Recruiting Company, Nashville Recruiting Battalion (1993-94); Future Concepts and Studies Officer, Directorate of Combat Developments, Fort McClellan, Ala., (1991-93); Brigade Chemical Officer for the 210th Field Artillery Brigade, Force Field Artillery Headquarters for the 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment where he fought in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm; Battalion Chemical Officer, 2nd battalion, 12th Field Artillery in Herzogenaurach, Germany (1988 -91). Dr. Hann received an ROTC scholarship and was commissioned as an officer in 1986; he first enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve as an Infantryman in 1983.