Anthony Ruggiero

Senior Fellow



Anthony Ruggiero is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD).  Anthony’s broad experience in the fields of counterproliferation and nonproliferation spans more than 21 years, including more than 19 years in the United States Government in both Democratic and Republican administrations.   

Most recently he was Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and National Security Council (NSC) Senior Director for Counterproliferation and Biodefense.  Anthony advised the President, National Security Advisor, Deputy National Security Advisor, and White House leadership on a wide range of issues, including counterproliferation, weapons of mass destruction terrorism, non-proliferation, export controls, conventional arms transfers, biodefense, arms control, chemical weapons use in Syria, proliferation issues in Iran and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Ebola outbreaks in Africa, and the COVID-19 pandemic.  Before being promoted to Senior Director for Counterproliferation and Biodefense, Anthony served as the NSC Director for North Korea.   

Before joining the White House, Anthony was a Senior Fellow at FDD where he testified before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and appeared on NPR, CNN, C-Span, CBS News, ABC News, and Fox News.  His work was published by PoliticoUSA TodayThe Hill, and other outlets; and cited by various news outlets, including the Associated PressReutersThe New York TimesCNNThe Los Angeles TimesThe Wall Street JournalVoice of America, and The Washington Post. 

Prior to joining FDD, Anthony spent more than 17 years in the United States Government, including as a Foreign Policy Fellow in the Office of Senator Marco Rubio, as Deputy Director and then Director (now Deputy Assistant Secretary position) of the Office of Global Affairs (OGA) in the Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes at the Department of the Treasury, and more than 13 years in various positions at the Department of State, including as Chief of the Defensive Measures and WMD Finance Team.   

Anthony received an MS in National Security Strategy from National War College, an MPIA in International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and a Bin Political Science from Duquesne University. 

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