Dr. Michael V. Walter, Ph.D.

Senior Advisor, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office

Department of Homeland Security

Senior Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning, Policy and Activities, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, Department of Homeland Security.

As a Senior Advisor Dr. Walter is currently detailed to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at that Department of Health and Human Services. In that Capacity, Dr. Walter is serving as the Department of Homeland Security Representative charged with assisting in implementation of the National Biodefense Strategy that was signed by the President in September 2018.

As Director of the only national-level environmental surveillance system designed to detect aerosolized biological warfare agents, his duties include:
• Monitoring the performance of 30 analytical laboratories
• Aiding state and local public health departments in preparation of response plans for use in the event of a biological attack
• Conducting exercises to test preparedness
• Selection and deployment of future technologies for the program
• Fostering partnerships between BioWatch and the state and local public health community as well as other federal agencies

Dr. Walter’s more than 30 years of experience in microbiology/biological warfare research include sampling and detection for aerosolized microorganisms, the management and development of design, test, evaluation and quality assurance for related systems and programs.

Dr. Walter has also held positions with the U.S. Department of Defense Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Naval Surface Warfare Center and Texaco, Inc.

Dr. Walter is the recipient of eight publication and innovation awards. He is the author of numerous abstracts and patents; his scientific articles have been published in a number of journals including Applied and Environmental Microbiology, and the Canadian Journal of Microbiology. He received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of North Dakota.