Dr. Richard Schoske serves as Chief, Diagnostics, Detection and Threat Surveillance Division for the United States of America Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) – Chemical and Biological Defense Research Directorate. In this capacity Dr. Schoske overseas and manages a $100 million Research and Development Portfolio. This portfolio includes projects in the areas of platform development for the diagnostics, detection and disease surveillance. Dr. Schoske’s educational background is in Biochemistry and he has applied this knowledge in operational work experiences involving the development and deployment of novel medical diagnostic systems for the Unites States Air Force. Furthermore, Dr. Schoske has an extensive background in counter Chemical-Biological Consequence Management Planning. Prior to his joining the DTRA, Dr. Schoske served in the United States Air Force for 21 years and is a retired Lieutenant Colonel. During his time on active duty he served in numerous capacities including Chief, of a Medical Laboratory, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the United States Air Force Academy, Principal Investigator in Diagnostic R&D, and Emergency Medical Planning. Dr. Schoske is an American Society of Clinical Pathologists Certified Medical Technologist, and possess’ a Master’s of Arts in Biochemistry from the University of Scranton, and a PhD in Chemistry from American University in Washington DC.