Awards Ceremony & Keynote Session


Dr. Graham Allison

“What Do the Cuban Missile Crisis and Environmental Health Have in Common?”

NEHA is honored to announce Dr. Graham Allison as the keynote speaker at the 2013 AEC. Dr. Allison has served as Special Advisor to the Secretary of Defense under President Reagan and as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy and Plans under President Clinton, where he coordinated Department of Defense (DOD) strategy and policy towards Russia, Ukraine, and other states of the former Soviet Union.

During his keynote presentation at the NEHA 2013 AEC, Dr. Allison will talk about decision making in the most extreme of circumstances where literally the fate of the planet hangs in balance. The insights that he has learned about decision making will be shared to benefit each and every environmental health professional who is involved daily in decisions regarding politics, policies, finances, technology, human resources, legal considerations, liabilities, and of course, environmental health!

This is a unique opportunity to hear from an expert with experience at the highest level of government discuss governmental policy and the essence of decision making. Register today for the 2013 AEC so you don’t miss this opportunity!

BIO

Dr. Graham Allison is the Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government at Harvard’s John F Kennedy School of Government and Founding Dean of the modern Kennedy School.

Dr. Allison has served as Special Advisor to the Secretary of Defense under President Reagan and as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy and Plans under President Clinton, where he coordinated DOD strategy and policy towards Russia, Ukraine, and the other states of the former Soviet Union. Dr. Allison has the sole distinction of having twice been awarded the Department of Defense's highest civilian award, the Distinguished Public Service Medal, first by Secretary Cap Weinberger and second by Secretary Bill Perry.

He served as a member of the Defense Policy Board for Secretaries Weinberger, Carlucci, Cheney, Aspin, Perry and Cohen, and currently serves on the Advisory boards of the Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, and the head of the CIA.

Dr. Allison's first book, Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis (1971), was released in an updated and revised second edition (1999) and ranks among the all-time bestsellers with more than 450,000 copies in print. His latest book, Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe, now in its third printing, was selected by the New York Times as one of the "100 most notable books of 2004."