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Rebecca Earnhardt

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Hello! My name is Becca Earnhardt, and I am a full-time PhD student and Graduate Assistant in the School of Public Policy concentrating in International Security. I completed my undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Homeland Security at Virginia Commonwealth University, and I completed my Master of Science degree in Biodefense at George Mason University. In my previous position, I was a Faculty Specialist with the Unconventional Weapons and Technology division within the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland. In this role, I have served as project manager for multi-million dollar Department of Defense contracts, as subject matter expert with respect to biological weapons and adversaries, mentored several cohorts of interns, and coinstructed two courses related to the science behind chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons. My research interests center on the cybersecurity of implantable medical devices, and whether perpetrators are indeed motivated to carry out attacks via hacking into implantable medical devices. Other topics of interest for me include biological weapons, dual use research of concern governance, unmanned aerial and underwater technologies that could be used as weapons, CBRN terrorism, adversary psychology and behavior, and CBRN nonproliferation policy. In my spare time, I enjoy playing with my cat, exercising, cooking, and watching true crime documentaries with my partner.