The Third International Dialogue on Underwater Munitions was held at the Sheraton Hotel Conference Center & Spa, Sopot, Poland on the Baltic Sea from April 13-15, 2011. The Third International Dialogue on Underwater Munitions served as a premiere global forum for underwater munitions information exchange on the topics of Policy, Science, Technology and Economics of investing in our marine resources. Munitions are found in every ocean and sea of the world and they are in many of our fresh water lakes, rivers and streams.
In addition to keynote session, panels and scientific presentations, this global forum for underwater munitions exchange addressed the topics of underwater technology and best practices; assessments of underwater sites and updates on progress and findings; and research from academia and policy experts on information directly relevant to underwater science and the future. An integral component of the Dialogue will be a series of private meetings where political and executive international leaders may meet to discuss areas of common interest and concern and to work toward resolutions. Our intention is to have an appreciative dialogue where we can reach positive out comes through collaborative consultation.
Terrance P. Long
Opening and Closing Keynote Addresses
Professor Kraszewski conducts research projects in the field of the methodologies of environmental impact assessment, environmental impact of transport and the importance of conflict in decision making process. He works also on risk analysis, creation of forecast models, environmental information technology and environmental information systems. Professor Kraszewski was also advisor in the Ministry of Environment, an expert for Parliamentary Commission of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources and vice president of UN EEC Convention on environmental impact assessment in transboundary context. He mediates in conflicts regarding waste disposal facilities and bypass location. He was a moderator during round table conference dealing with Augustów bypass (Rospuda Valley) and Warsaw Round Table on Wastes. He is now the president of National Commission on Environmental Impact Assessment and advisor to the Government Commissioner for Nuclear Energy. Professor Kraszewski in an author of 62 articles, papers, and reports, 3 monographs, 5 implemented studies in industry and public administration. Professor Kraszewski is married with two children.
Ambassador Verba will discuss his country’s efforts with the establishment of the International Advisory Board on Dumped Munitions in The Hague and the recent United Nation’s Resolution on Chemical Munitions Dumped at Sea, titled: Cooperative measures to assess and increase awareness of environmental effects related to waste originating from Chemical Munitions Dumped at Sea.
Ambassador Verba was born on September 26, 1966, in Raseinai, Republic of Lithuania. Ambassador Verba is married and has one son, Norbertas. Ambassador Verba attended Vilnius University, Faculty of Law, MA. He also attended the University of Birmingham, Graduate School of Political Science and International Studies as well as Lithuanian Physical Education Academy. In 2007, Ambassador Verba was appointed the Ambassador of the the Republic of Lithuania to The Netherlands, Permanent representative to The Organization For Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, in The Hague. During 2004 until 2007, Ambassador Verba held the position of Director, Consular Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Republic of Lithuania. During 2003 until 2004, Ambassador Verba held the position of the Acting Director, Consular Department, MFA of The Republic of Lithuania. In 2003, Ambassador Verba held the position of the Deputy Director, Consular Department, MFA of The Republic of Lithuania and from 2000 to 2003, Ambassador Verba held the position of the Minister Counsellor, Lithuanian Embassy in Canada. In 1997-2003, Ambassador Verba held the position of Head, Consular Information and Analysis Division, Consular Department, MFA of The Republic of Lithuania. and 1994-1997, Ambassador Verba held the position of First Secretary, Visa Division, Consular Department. From 1990 until 1992, Ambassador Verba held the position of Senior Officer for Foreign Relations, Lithuanian Physical Education and Sport Department un the Government of the Republic of Lithuania. During 1988 until 1990, Ambassador Verba held the position of Scientific Fellow, Lithuania Physical Education Academy. Ambassador Verba holds the Diplomatic Rank of Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary. His awards icludes the Knight’s Cross of the Oder for Merits to Lithuania, the Civil Service Merit Cross of Spain, and the Knight Grand Cross of Orange Nassau (Netherlands). Ambassador Verba speaks Lithuanian, English, German (moderate), Russian, and French (basic).
Full professor of organic technology and chemistry of biologically active compounds at the Department of Chemistry Wroclaw University of Technology, Wroclaw, Poland. Also professor of chemical technology at the Military Institute of Engineering Technique, Wroclaw. Former professor of T.Kosciuszko Military University of Land Forces, Wroclaw (organic technology, chemical weapons 1993 – 2003) Chairman of International Scientific Advisory Board on Sea-Dumped Chemical Weapons. Scientific Advisor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Poland. for chemical and biological weapons
Author of ca. 180 scientific papers published in international journals in the areas of organic synthesis and mechanism of activity of pesticides and other bioactive compounds and ca. 50 patents (also author of two technologies of pesticides production for Polish and East German industries). Author of technology of disposal of Adamsite (applied for utilization of Polish Adamsite deposit in Tarnow, Poland). Author of utilization technology of secondary wastes obtained by alkaline destruction of Lewisite; elaborated within a framework of Poland – Russian Federation Interstate Agreement and awarded by Prime Minister of Poland as the best technical project in 2005. Author of technology of utilization of rocket fuel oxidizer, applied for utilization of Polish deposit and also in Ukraine. Member of several scientific council in the past: Institute of Industrial Organic Chemistry, Warsaw Poland (1973-2004. also v-chairman for 3 years), Editorial Board of Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Canada (1985-96); Committee of Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences (1973-76), Scientific Advisory Board of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) (1997-2003).
Mr. James C. (J. C.) King
Assistant for Munitions and Chemical Matters, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, for Environment, Safety and Occupational Health
Mr. J. C. King is a retired career Army officer (Colonel, Retired, Ordnance Corps) with over 37 years experience in all facets of munitions management. J. C. re-entered government service as the Assistant for Munitions and Chemical Matters, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Environment, Safety and Occupational Health, in March 2007. Prior to that, he served for six years as Special Assistant for Munitions, in the same office, under an Intergovernmental Personnel Act Agreement between the Logistics Management Institute (LMI) and the U.S. Army. He ended a 30 year military career as Division Chief, Munitions Division, G-4, Headquarters, Department of the Army, having, as an Ordnance Officer, over 9 years of command of conventional and nuclear ammunition units and, as an Infantry Officer, command of a Special Forces Operational Detachment.
In his current capacity, he serves as Army Voting Board Member, Department of Defense (DoD) Explosives Safety Board, a position he has held for approximately 13 years, and is the Army lead for a variety of DoD and intergovernmental committees. He performs analysis and develops policy, both Army- and DoD-level, related to munitions-life- cycle management; explosives and chemical safety; unexploded ordnance (UXO); waste military munitions including discarded military munitions; underwater munitions; the conduct of munitions responses (the cleanup of munitions and explosives of concern, to include chemical munitions); support of explosives and munitions emergencies; and sustainable range management. He has been the Army lead for development of policy governing DoD’s Military Munitions Response Program, DoD’s Implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Military Munitions Rule, the Military Munitions Response Prioritization Protocol (32 CFR, Part 179) and its accompanying training program and primer; and DoD and Army policy for the management of Material Potentially Presenting an Explosive Hazard (MPPEH). He has also been responsible for developing both DoD explosives safety criteria governing UXO, the processing and management of MPPEH, munitions responses; and the Army’s 3Rs (Recognize, Retreat, Report) Explosives Safety Education Program.
Mr. Kennedy currently has responsibilities for the management of all verification related activities of Old and Abandoned Chemical Weapons as declared within the framework of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). He works closely with Member states to the CWC to resolve verification issues through the identification and implementation of measures that will increase transparency whilst promoting the safe and efficient destruction of recovered Old and Abandoned Chemical Weapons. Prior to this, as a Chemical Weapons Inspector, Mr. Kennedy has prepared for and conducted inspections as well as lead instruction for new inspectors at the OPCW. Mr. Kennedy has experience in managing the safe recovery and destruction of munitions while adhering to established environmental laws and regulations. He has participated during the design and testing operations of multiple destruction technologies, as well as, developed policy and procedures used to safely recover and destroy Chemical Weapons. His experience includes demilitarisation activities both in the national and international arena.
Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), International Dialogues on Underwater Munitions (IDUM)