Monica Heyl and Associates, LLC: Providing Field Analytical Solutions
Dennis J. Reutter

Dennis J. Reutter, Ph.D.

Education:

B.S. Chemistry and Physics, Alma College, Alma Michigan 1972
Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, Duke University 1978
Dissertation Title: Polarized Fluorescence of Partially Ordered Fluids

DOB: 8 January 1950
POB: Lansing Michigan

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Clearance:

TS,
SCI Re-Investigation was completed by FBI in 2010 while employed at LLNL.
SCI Re-Investigation was completed in June 2012; in adjudication at DIA.


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Professional Experience:

November 2012 to Present: Independent Consultant; Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), Forensic Science especially as related to WMD, Laboratory Operations, Quality Assurance related to Laboratory Design and Laboratory Operation, Response and Recovery from acts of Chemical and Biological Terrorism.


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December 2011 to November 2012: Research Leader in Battelle Memorial Institute assigned to CBRNE Business Area in the National Security Division and residing in Battelle Charlottesville Operations Center, Charlottesville, VA. Responsible for finding clients who were not currently Battelle customers who were in need of capabilities of Battelle and finding advocating for new capabilities within Battelle for which there was a national security need. Advised leadership on marketing, capabilities and infrastructure investments.


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June 2010 to November 2011: Consultant to Monica Heyl and Associates, a mobile laboratory design firm that works worldwide assisting in design and development of mobile laboratories. I consulted in program development and on all matters related to chemical and biochemical analysis especially as related to analysis of highly toxic materials.


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September 2007 to November 2011: Director of the Forensic Science Center, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Program Leader Forensics and Attribution under S-Division of Global Security Directorate. The Forensic Science Center is the premier forensic science institute in all of the National Laboratories. It maintains capabilities across all WMD disciplines and has ISO 17025 accreditation for analysis of nuclear materials, radiological materials, explosives and chemical weapons. In addition, it is Accredited by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons as a Designated Laboratory for the analysis of Authentic Samples. From 2007 to 2010 my program was responsible for all CBRNE Forensics and all Chemical Weapons and emerging chemical threat science. The portfolio I managed was $20-$30M. After a reorganization and formation of the Nuclear Program that took R and N Forensics out of S program and therefore my portfolio, the FSC gained Biometrics Research which was over $5M.


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Feburary 2003 to August 2007: Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology. From 2003 to April 2005, I worked half time under detail to the Agency in Plans Programs and Budgets to establish the Chemical Countermeasures Portfolio. In April 2005, I became full time detailed to Office of Research and Development where I established the Integrated Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Forensics and Attribution program which is a joint program between DHS and FBI Laboratory. The purpose of that program is to provide the Nation with a robust forensics and attribution capability that will rapidly identify the perpetrators of any act of terrorism that involves weapons of mass destruction and will lead to capture, prosecution and conviction of the individuals if they are apprehended. With the detail of an FBI Agent to DHS to serve as the Program Manager for that program, I now support the program as the Chief Scientist. I am also the Portfolio Manager for the Chemical Environmental Laboratory Response Network.


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2002-April 2005: Senior Team Leader for Testing and Analysis: Position was equivalent to a Division chief with 6 teams under me comprising the testing, analysis and mobile laboratory design and manufacture, and the Forensic Analytical Center which comprised 3 of the teams. While under my leadership, I brought all the teams under ISO 17025 accreditation and two of the teams under ISO 9000 accreditation. In total, I supervised 6 GS-14 Team Chiefs who in turn supervised 75 Government personnel and approximately 75 in-house contractor personnel (number varied depending on the level of work). Scope of the mission was all the non-research (e.g. customer funded) testing with Chemical Surety Material and some biological pathogens and toxins. The budget was approximately $40M/year, all customer funded.

1994 to April 2005: Chief; Edgewood Chemical Biological Forensic Analytical Center (C/B-FAC), (previously know as Army Materiel Command Treaty Laboratory (AMCTL)), Soldier Biological and Chemical Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. The C/B-FAC is responsible for protecting the assets of the Department of Defense during chemical weapons treaty inspections. I was charged with designing the laboratory, developing and defending budgets, recruiting staff, and serving as a DoD Technical Expert during international and bilateral negotiations and inspections. Since the formation of laboratory 1994, the laboratory has performed several important and unique functions:

  • Performed Sampling and Analysis for Wyoming MOU Bilateral Chemical Weapons Inspections
  • Represented the United States in the International Proficiency Tests sponsored by the Provisional Technical Secretariat for the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and NATO Round Robin tests for Mid-Spectrum agent analysis.
  • Established, Installed and Maintained the Laboratory Equipment, Provided Chemical Standards and Trained Operators for the UNSCOM Baghdad Monitoring Laboratory in Baghdad, Iraq
  • Provided Technical Experts to Chemical Weapons Conventions Negotiations in The Hague, The Netherlands and to Technical Equipment Inspection teams for the US.
  • Sponsored Three Highly Successful NATO Advanced Research Workshops; One in Poland, One in the Czech Republic and the last workshop was joint with the ISTC in Switzerland.
  • Provided Analytical Support to Several UNSCOM Inspections.
  • Provides Analytical Support to Several Law Enforcement Agencies and On-Site Analysis.
  • Provided On-site Analytical Support to Special National and International Events to include the Olympics in Atlanta GA, the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and to various other National Security Events.
  • Received Status of Designated Laboratory from the Director General of the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Continuous Designation since 1998.
  • Deployed Mobile Laboratories and Laboratory Personnel to CENTCOM to Support the War in Afghanistan and the War with Iraq.

The C/B-FAC maintains accreditation under ISO 9001 and ISO Standard 17025 which together certify compliance with ISO quality assurance requirements and technical competence in all disciplines required for the Laboratory to fulfill its mission in supporting the Department of Defense in chemical weapons treaties. The ISO Accreditation covers all aspects of the laboratory to include analysis of chemical and biological samples at the fixed site laboratory in Edgewood Maryland, on-site chemical analysis, design and manufacture of specialized analytical equipment and consultation to other organizations.

Recently the C/B-FAC has provided technical and consulting work to some high visibility customers including the Program Manger for Chemical Demilitarization, the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the Government of Brazil and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


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1990-1994 Chief of Sampling and Analysis Team; Treaty Verification R&D Team, ERDEC, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, I ran a small team of technical experts in sampling and analysis, a multi-million dollar contract effort and several research projects conducted at other government agencies. Developed, tested and received U.S. Patent on the Modular Laboratory which was used in several international field trials to prove the capability of on-site chemical analysis. In addition, I was the principal author of over 30 technical position papers that were coordinated through the inter-agency backstopping group and forwarded to the U.S. Delegation in The Hague, The Netherlands for use in negotiations in the Preparatory Commission for the CWC. I traveled to the Delegation 24 times to serve as the U.S. DoD Technical expert to the U.S. Delegation in Technical Expert Group and other official meetings.

1986-1990 Chief of Chemometric and Biometric Modeling Group, ERDEC, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. I was responsible for running a group of 15-20 professionals and para-professionals who provided state-of-the-art modeling for ERDEC. The scope of the modeling effort encompassed ab-initio quantum mechanical modeling, semi-empirical quantum and molecular dynamics modeling, biometric response modeling, artificial intelligence, neural network development and statistical experimental design. The Modeling group was recipient of several prestigious awards during the tenure of the incumbent as chief.

1983-1986 Group Leader for Mass Spectrometry and Chromatography research in the Analytical Methodology Research Branch of Chemical Systems Laboratory, Chemical Systems Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. I had technical oversight of a small group of technical experts in chromatography and mass spectrometry and ran a modest contract research program in analytical methods and instrument development. I also led the group in development of a number of novel methods for detection and identification of chemical warfare agents and their unique hydrolysis and degradation products. I was also responsible for developing and validating methods and leading the analytical team that participated in a number of international round robin proficiency tests for the analysis of trichothecene mycotoxins. The laboratory was always a top performer in those round robins.


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1979-1983 Research Chemist in the Research and Training Unit of the FBI Laboratory, Job was split between FBI Headquarters in Washington DC and the FBI Forensic Research and Training Center, FBI Academy, Quantico Marine Corps Base, VA. I was responsible for development of new analytical methods for analysis of crime scene evidence. These included several new methods for analysis of bombing debris, many of which are still in use in criminal laboratories today. I also led an effort to develop new methods for analysis of arson debris, developed tagging systems and devised new and improved analytical methods for using existing tagging systems. I served on the faculty of the FBI Academy where I was the principal instructor for several courses instrumental analysis of criminal evidence and a contributing instructor to specialized courses in investigation of arson and bombing investigations. I was the principal organizer and Co-chairman of the First International Symposium on the Analysis and Detection of Explosives which was hosted at the FBI Academy in 1983.


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1977-1979 Research Chemist in the Atmospheric Instrumentation Branch, Environmental
Protection Agency, RTP, NC. I ran an extensive contract research program in development of instrumentation for monitoring sulfuric acid aerosols and nitric acid aerosols and vapors in the environment. The contract effort was supported by an in-house methods and equipment validation effort using part-time government employees and a GO-CO analytical laboratory to challenge the instrumentation with aerosols and vapors that were well characterized for size and chemical composition.


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Other Relevant Experience: I have been called upon numerous times while at Edgewood by other government agencies and international agencies to serve as a technical consultant for investigations of criminal cases or to assist in research programs involving analysis of explosives or chemical agents. From 1986-1989 I also served as the leader of the Agent Testing Task Force (ATTF), which was the first organized effort by Edgewood to implement quality assurance into chemical measurements. While leading the ATTF, I established the Chemical Agent Standard Analytical Reference Materials program that is probably the most effective chemical standards program ever implemented in the Army. The ATTF also provided the first centrally managed effort to provide statistical experimental design into Edgewood development and testing programs. I served as the Vice Chairman of the FBI’s Scientific Working group on Forensic Analysis of Chemical Terrorism (SWGFACT) from the establishment of that organization in 2000 until the Fall of 2007 when it was merged with the SWGs for nuclear, biological and radiological terrorism to become the SWGCBRN. I was on the executive board for the SWGCBRN.


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Publications and Presentations: Over 80 Government and open literature publications, a list of which is available on request. I have 9 government patents related to C/B defense with 3 additional patents being prosecuted. Six of those patents are licensed to industry and are paying royalties. In addition, I have given nearly 100 presentations at scientific meetings and have been an instructor in numerous specialized classes dealing with handling, analysis and export control enforcement of CW materials.


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