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Bronson, Ms. Lisa

Professor, National Security Strategy

National War College

Ms. Lisa Bronson has been a member of the National War College faculty since August 2005. Her areas of focus include: National Security Strategy Development and Decision Making, International Negotiations, Alternative Futures Analysis/Scenario Planning, Adult Learning, and WMD Proliferation. She is active in curriculum development and the mentoring of new faculty.

From September 2001 until August 2005 Ms. Bronson served as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Technology Security Policy and Counterproliferation and the Director of the Defense Technology Security Administration. In that capacity she was responsible for overseeing the Cooperative Threat Reduction program and developing technology security policy for DOD. She served as the Chairman of NATO’s Senior Defense Group on Proliferation and championed the creation of the NATO Chemical, Biological and Radiological/Nuclear Defense Battalion that was fielded during the 2004 Olympics. She served as the Chairman of the National Disclosure Policy Committee and as the focal point for the development of new policy and doctrine pertaining to WMD elimination and biological and chemical defense.

During 1999 – 2001 Ms. Bronson was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Affairs. On November 8, 2000 she received the "Distinguished Executive" Presidential Rank Award for her accomplishments during her public service career.

From November 1996 until February 1999, she served as the Director of NATO Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In this capacity she oversaw the Department's contribution to NATO's 50th Anniversary Summit which included the revision of NATO's strategic concept, the launching of the Defense Capabilities Initiative, and the demonstration of the Partnership for Peace Simulation Network. She was a key negotiator of the 1997 NATO-Russia Founding Act and orchestrated the DoD contribution to the ratification of NATO Enlargement by the U.S. Senate.

During 1993-1996, Ms. Bronson was the Director for Negotiations and Implementation. She oversaw the development and implementation of DoD policies concerning nuclear, biological, chemical and missile nonproliferation and arms control. This included the indefinite extension of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and the negotiation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Ms. Bronson received her B.A. from Cornell University and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1979. She was a Distinguished Military Graduate and the Cadet Commander. She was awarded the parachute badge in 1978. She received her law degree from Cornell University in 1982 and entered the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps in 1983. She served six years on active duty during 1983-1989 with tours in Schweinfurt, Germany (3rd Infantry Division) and Camp Casey, Korea (2nd Infantry Division).

Functional Expertise:  WMD Proliferation/Strategy/Defense; NATO & European Affairs; Interagency; International Negotiations; Curriculum Development; Scenario Planning/Alternative Futures Analysis 

Regional Expertise:  Nato, Europe