Susan Koch

Nonproliferation and Biodefense Program Board of Advisors


Dr. Susan J. Koch serves on the board of advisors of FDD’s Nonproliferation and Biodefense Program.

Dr. Koch is an expert in weapons of mass destruction, arms control, and proliferation policy issues. She is a distinguished research fellow at the National Defense University Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction, a senior scholar at the National Institute for Public Policy, a member of the Sandia National Laboratories’ board of managers, and an associate faculty member in the Department of Defense and Strategic Studies at Missouri State University.

From 1982 to 2007, Dr. Koch held a series of senior positions in the White House National Security Council, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Department of State, and the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA), focused on nonproliferation and arms reduction policy. She has a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.

Dr. Koch has received the Presidential Distinguished Executive and Meritorious Executive Awards, the Department of Defense (DOD) Distinguished Civilian Service Medal (five times), the DOD Nunn-Lugar Trailblazer Award, the ACDA Distinguished Honor Award, the State Department Meritorious Honor Award, and the Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Achievement Award.

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