Susan J. Koch, Ph.D.

Distinguished Research Fellow
Center for the Study of WMD, National Defense University

Susan Koch“The Program for Emerging Leaders provides a unique opportunity for the next generation of senior military officers and civilian officials to develop special expertise and skills to counter current and future threats of weapons of mass destruction. Particularly important, the program helps the participants to develop those capabilities by learning from former senior officials and especially from each other. The resulting knowledge, understanding and relationships not only benefit the program participants, but also have a real, positive impact on the national security.”

– Dr. Susan J. Koch

Dr. Susan J. Koch is an independent consultant, specializing in policy issues regarding arms reduction and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. She is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the National Defense University Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction, and an associate faculty member in the Department of Defense and Strategic Studies at Missouri State University.

From 1982 until 2007, Dr. Koch held a series of senior positions in the White House National Security Council Staff, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Department of State and the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, focused on nonproliferation and arms reduction policy. Dr. Koch began her government career in the Directorate of Intelligence of the Central Intelligence Agency, studying West European political issues.

Dr. Koch has received the Presidential Distinguished Executive Award, the Presidential Meritorious Executive Award, the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Medal five times, the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency Distinguished Honor Award, and the Department of State Meritorious Honor Award. Before her government service, she taught international and comparative politics at Mount Holyoke College and the University of Connecticut. Dr. Koch received a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.