John J. Hamre
Center for Strategic and International Studies
John Hamre was elected CSIS president and CEO in January 2000. Before joining CSIS, he served as the 26th U.S. deputy secretary of defense. Prior to that, from 1993 to 1997, he served as under secretary of defense (comptroller). As comptroller, he was the principal assistant to the secretary of defense for the preparation, presentation, and execution of the defense budget and management improvement programs. In 2007, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates appointed Dr. Hamre to serve as chairman of the Defense Policy Board. Before serving in the Department of Defense, Dr. Hamre worked for 10 years as a professional staff member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. During that time, he was primarily responsible for the oversight and evaluation of procurement, research, and development programs, defense budget issues, and relations with the Senate Appropriations Committee. From 1978 to 1984, Dr. Hamre served in the Congressional Budget Office, where he became its deputy assistant director for national security and international affairs. In that position, he oversaw analysis and other support for committees in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Robert G. Joseph
National Institute for Public Policy
Robert Joseph (US Ambassador, retired) is currently a Senior Scholar at the National Institute for Public Policy. He also serves as U.S. Special Envoy for Nuclear Nonproliferation. From June 2005 to March 2007, Ambassador Joseph served as the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. Previously, he served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Proliferation Strategy, Counter-proliferation and Homeland Defense, National Security Council. From 1992 until 2001, Dr. Joseph was Professor of National Security Studies and Director/Founder of the Center for Counterproliferation Research at the National Defense University. Prior to that he was U.S. Commissioner to the Standing Consultative Commission and to the U.S.-Russian Consultative Commission on Nuclear Testing, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Dr. Joseph received his MA from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. from Columbia University.
Arizona State University
Orde Kittrie is a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of and has been an Associate Professor of Law at Arizona State University since 2004. Prior to joining the ASU law faculty in 2004, Professor Kittrie spent eleven years at the United States Department of State's Office of the Legal Advisor where he served as a Senior Attorney and Adviser to the Under Secretary of State for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy, as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business & Agricultural Affairs, and as the State Department's Senior Attorney for Nuclear Affairs. In that capacity, he negotiated five nuclear non-proliferation agreements between the United States and Russia and served as counsel for the U.S. Government's sanctions and other responses to the 1998 Indian and Pakistani nuclear tests. Earlier in his State Department career, Kittrie specialized in trade controls governing arms and dual-use items. Kittrie is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a board member of the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations.
James W. LeDuc
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
James LeDuc directs the Program on Global Health within the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He also serves as associate director for program development for the Galveston National Laboratory. Previously he served as the Coordinator for Influenza for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia and was the Director, Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases in the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID), CDC. His professional career began as a field biologist working with the Smithsonian Institution’s African Mammal Project in West Africa. Following that he served for 23 years as an Officer with the United States Army Medical Research and Development Command. He joined CDC in 1992 and was assigned to the World Health Organization as a Medical Officer, later becoming the Associate Director for Global Health at NCID. His research interests include the epidemiology of arboviruses and viral hemorrhagic fevers, and global health. He has participated in a number of NRC studies.
Richard W. Mies
Richard W. Mies (US Navy Admiral, retired) is currently a private consultant. He was previously the President and CEO of Hicks and Associates, Inc. and was concurrently the Deputy Group Manager of the Transformation, Training, Test, and Logistics Group at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Admiral Mies joined SAIC after retiring from the U.S. Navy in February 2002 at the rank of Admiral. During his military career, Admiral Mies served as Commander in Chief, United States Strategic Command, and in a number of senior staff positions. His many service decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal (two awards), Legion of Merit (four awards), and National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal. Admiral Mies graduated from the US Naval Academy with a BS and holds a Masters degree in government administration and international relations and an Honorary Doctorate of Law degree from the University of Nebraska.
Judith Miller is an author and a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter formerly with The New York Times. She left the paper in November 2005 after spending 85 days in jail to defend a reporter's right to protect confidential sources. In 2007, she joined the Manhattan Institute as an adjunct fellow and a contributing editor of the Manhattan Institute's City Journal. She writes for several publications -- The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and New York Sun, among them. She also appears on television as a commentator on national security, focusing on the Middle East and counter-terrorism, and the need to strike a delicate balance between protecting both national security and American civil liberties in a post-9/11 world. She has reported extensively on cooperative threat reduction activities, particularly in Russia. She is the author/co-author of four books and in 2002, was part of a small team that won a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism for her January, 2001 series on Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. That same year, she won an Emmy for her work on a Nova/New York Times documentary based on articles for her book, "Germs." She was also part of the Times team that won the prestigious DuPont award that year for a series of programs on terrorism for PBS's "Frontline." She has a B.A. from Barnard College and a M.P.A. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School.
George W. Parshall
E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company [Retired]
George W. Parshall is an advisor to the US Army on neutralization processes used to destroy chemical weapons instead of incineration. Now retired, he joined du Pont’s Central Research Department in 1954, where he rose to Director of Chemical Sciences. He directed the work of 50 to 100 DuPont scientists, including that of Richard Schrock who received the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He was most closely associated with the DuPont processes for making critical polymer intermediates used in producing nylon and polyester and spandex. Parshall coauthored the definitive textbook on “Homogeneous Catalysis” and directed the creation of alternatives to the chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). Parshall is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the New York Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Lambda Upsilon and Sigma Xi.
Thomas R. Pickering
Hills & Company, International Consultants
Thomas Pickering (US Ambassador, retired) is vice chairman of the consulting firm Hills & Company. He’s the former senior vice president for international relations at the Boeing Company, a position he assumed in January 2001 upon his retirement as United States Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Ambassador Pickering held the personal rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the US Foreign Service. In a diplomatic career spanning five decades, he has served as US ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. From 1989 to 1993, he served as Ambassador to the United Nations. His service in the US government began in 1956 in the US Navy. On active duty until 1959, he later served in the Naval Reserve to the grade of Lieutenant Commander. Between 1959 and 1961, he served in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research of the State Department, and in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. Ambassador Pickering previously served on the PGA Committee.
Kim K. Savit
University of Denver
Kim Savit is currently a consultant for the Intelligence and Security Group of Science Applications International Corporation. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of International Studies. Ms. Savit retired in May 2006 from her position as the Senior Professional Staff Member for the Middle East, Central and South Asia on the Majority Staff of the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Ms. Savit served in the U.S. State Department as the Deputy Coordinator for Security and Law Enforcement Assistance to Europe and Eurasia (Acting- 2002-2003) and as the Director for Security and Law Enforcement Assistance to the New Independent States of the former Soviet Union (1995-2002). Ms. Savit held a number of positions in the U.S. Department of Defense including Director of the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program for the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Country Desk Officer for Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Iran and Iraq in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Near East and South Asian Affairs Bureau.