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Lisa Bronson

Ms. Bronson was appointed to the positions of Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Technology Security Policy and Counterproliferation and Director, Defense Technology Security Administration on September 23, 2001. She is the principal advisor to the Office of the Secretary of Defense on the formulation and coordination of technology security policy, counterproliferation policy, national disclosure policy, and the cooperative threat reduction program. Previously, she held the office of 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 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).

Lisa Bronson

At the time of the 30th reunion, Lisa was a professor at the National War College (at Ft. McNair in Washington, DC) teaching an elective on international and interagency negotiating and designed and directing the last core course of the ten month curriculum entitled "Applications in National Security Strategy."

At the time of our 35th reunion, Professor Bronson is in her ninth year of teaching at the National War College of the National Defense University where she teaches strategy and negotiations and is overseeing the revision of the College's approach to teaching strategy.

At the time of our 40th Reunion, Lisa continues to serve as a Professor of National Security Strategy at the National War College in Washington, D.C.  She continues to provide negotiation training to students at the Foreign Service Institute, the National Intelligence University, and several government agencies and advises various offices on alternative futures analyses.