Listee Features — Defense

Asha George


Dr. Asha M. George is a public health and security expert with more than three decades of work in her field. Since 2018, she has been the executive director of the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense, previously known as the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense. As executive director, Dr. George is responsible for overseeing the Apollo program for biodefense and its staff, in addition to analyzing national risk-preparedness measures and mitigation protocols for biological weapons events, pandemics, and other biological outbreaks. Dr. George holds a Bachelor of Arts in natural sciences from Johns Hopkins University and earned her Master of Science in public health, with a focus on parasitology and laboratory practice, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel

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Inspired to a career in security by her father, who had his own security company, M. Christina Garcia first earned an associate degree in business administration, management and criminal justice from Heald College-Fresno in 2008 and is a licensed instructor through the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services. Following her graduation, she established Garcia’s Security Training & Live Scan, the precursor to Garcia’s Security Training, where she has served as president since 2013.  From 2013 to 2017, she also served as the human resources manager and security operations manager for Marina Securities Services. Ms. Garcia became the chief executive officer of Garcia’s Private Security Inc. in 2017. With considerable expertise in both residential and commercial security, Ms. Garcia has spent

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Although Maj. Barbara S. King initially became involved in her profession to help pay for college, by the end of her basic military training, she was hooked. Immediately after graduation from advanced individual training, she began looking for full-time work in the National Guard, and nine months later, she was hired for the first in a long line of U.S. Department of Defense positions. Ms. King proceeded to garner experience overseeing the financial management and administration of various programs under the construction and facilities management office for the Missouri Army National Guard, and knew she was committed for life. Now a performance assessment officer for the Business Transformation Office of the National Guard Bureau, she parlays more than two decades

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