As Vice President and Executive Director for the National Security Group, Steve Hopkins provides leadership for the operations of four Mission Areas providing professional services and analytical studies for clients across a myriad of challenging domains including homeland defense, combating weapons of mass destruction, mission assurance, science and technology, and global threats and intelligence.
Prior to his promotion to Vice President and Executive Director, Mr. Hopkins served as Mission Area Director for Science & Technology, where he led the operations of three divisions providing professional services for clients in support of their roles and responsibilities in implementing complex technology-focused programs across the Federal Government. Mr. Hopkins supervised a multidisciplinary team of policy, operations, technical, and research analysts and managed projects supporting the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Defense Agencies, the military Services, and other Federal organizations such as NASA, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Intelligence Community.
Mr. Hopkins has broad and diverse experience in science and technology, military requirements analysis, and defense and national security acquisition including technology development and insertion. He has contributed to establishment of analytical frameworks for examining such complex areas as international cooperative science and technology projects, post-Cold War defense policies, analysis of industrial base issues, and horizon scanning and technology forecasting. For six months in 1994 he lived and worked in Moscow as head of ANSER’s Moscow Office. Mr. Hopkins led ANSER’s program management support to the National Security Agency Office of Program Management Support, the Office of the Secretary of Defense Chemical and Biological Defense Program, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Special Projects Office.
Mr. Hopkins has over 27 years of comprehensive experience as a business leader and manager at ANSER. Before his promotion to Mission Area Director, he managed ANSER’s Systems Engineering Division, the Intelligence Division, the International Aerospace Division, and the Space Technology Division.
Prior to joining the ANSER Team, Mr. Hopkins served as a naval submarine officer, with 12 years’ experience operating and maintaining nuclear power plants onboard U.S. attack submarines.
He is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College Advanced Program Management Course and is Acquisition Level III certified equivalent. The Project Management Institute certifies him as a Project Management Professional. He is a past Chairman of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics National Capital Section. His academic background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master of Science degree in Astrophysics from the University of Chicago. He was a Hertz Foundation Fellow from 1978 to 1979.