Christian Hassell chairs the P3CO committee. But he serves at the pleasure of Kadlec, who far exceeds Hassell in status and power.
Hassell allegedly sought $100 million in government funding for U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) projects on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats in labs that Hassell admitted were “in trouble for shady dealings, illegal accounting and lack of accountability.”
But Hassell had to ask Kadlec for that money. That’s because, as noted, Kadlec is in charge of a multi-billion-dollar stockpile of medical countermeasures, formerly housed by the CDC, but now under Kadlec’s control.
Kadlec’s role isn’t limited to HHS. Under Trump’s National Biodefense Strategy, Kadlec also leads the day-to-day coordination team of a cabinet-level steering committee overseeing all federal biodefense activities and budgets, from the new National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, Kansas, to the Pentagon biolaboratories in 25 countries.