19 May ANSER hosts Dr. Wendin D. Smith at its May 18 Distinguished Speaker Series
Falls Church, VA (May 18, 2017)
ANSER welcomed Dr. Wendin D. Smith, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (DASD/C-WMD), to its May 18 Distinguished Speaker Series.
Dr. Smith reviewed current trends, opportunities, and threats in the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (C-WMD) mission space and discussed how C-WMD remains a top national security priority, driven by state and non-state concerns arising from North Korea and ISIS/ISIL and beyond. The 2016 shift in responsibility for C-WMD synchronization within the Department of Defense (DoD) from USSTRATCOM to USSOCOM creates new dynamics in the DoD and across the C-WMD community. Dr. Smith characterized C-WMD as “a very complex system that is functional but is not operating at maximum capacity because it lacks sufficient synchronization.” She remains optimistic that the C-WMD “community of action” will continue to improve coordination and meet the challenges ahead.”
Dr. Smith served as DASD for C-WMD through January 2017, where she was responsible for establishing policy and guidance to protect U.S. and Allied forces against chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attack from state or terrorist actors, as well as for preventing and countering global trafficking in WMD. As part of the C-WMD portfolio, she was responsible for policies aimed at helping partner countries build capacity in WMD defense and countermeasures. She also represented the Department’s interests on counter- proliferation and non-proliferation policy issues. Previously, Dr. Smith supported public and private sector clients, including the U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy, in designing and executing cooperative threat reduction, nonproliferation, and public diplomacy programs in the former Soviet Union. Dr. Smith is fluent in Russian, having lived and worked in the former Soviet Union and Russia for several years. She holds a Ph.D. and MALD from The Fletcher School at Tufts University.
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ANSER is a public service research institute organized as a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to informing decisions that shape the nation’s future. We provide objective studies and analyses to the national security, homeland security, and public policy communities using a diverse set of skills and capabilities that include Analysis of Alternatives, Acquisition Analysis, Workforce Analysis, Performance Measurement, Policy Formulation, Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction and Risk Assessment. ANSER also builds and leads technology development collaborations through its subsidiary, Advanced Technology International (ATI), specializing in organizing and managing research and development consortia on behalf of the federal government. For more information visit: www.anser.org.