WIIS-DC Monthly Mentoring Circle

Date : April 22, 2014

Time : 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Place : George Washington University (801 22nd Street, NW, Rome Hall #350)

Come listen to Anne Witkowsky share her range of experiences working at the National Security Council, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the State Department, and her current role leading the Defense Department's Partnership Strategy and Stability Operations office.

WIIS-DC Spotlight: Anne Witkowsky

Anne Witkowsky is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Partnership Strategy & Stability Operations in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Ms. Witkowsky previously served as the Deputy Coordinator for Homeland Security and Multilateral Affairs in the Bureau of Counterterrorism at the U.S. Department of State from 2009-2013. In this position she was responsible for homeland security matters related to U.S. foreign and counterterrorism policy, terrorism designations and sanctions, terrorism screening and information sharing programs, and counterterrorism policy and programs pursued through multilateral organizations. From August 2012 through December 2013 she also served as the Bureau's Acting Principal Deputy Coordinator, which included responsibility for the Bureau's plans, programs and resources.

Ms. Witkowsky served as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) from 2000-2007 and a CSIS non-resident Senior Associate from 2007-2009, where she led and participated in projects on homeland and international security issues. She directed the CSIS Embassy of the Future commission, which examined enhancements to the effectiveness of the U.S. overseas diplomatic presence; served on the CSIS Beyond Goldwater-Nichols studies, which included an examination of interagency coordination; directed a domestic terrorist attack simulation exercise; and served as the executive director of the Secretary of Energy-requested CSIS Commission on Science and Security. During her CSIS affiliation, she authored and contributed to a number of publications.

From 1993-2000, Ms. Witkowsky served as a Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control on the National Security Council (NSC) staff, where she was principally responsible for European security and conventional arms control treaty negotiations and implementation.

Prior to taking her position on the NSC staff, Ms. Witkowsky served from 1988-2002 in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), U.S. Department of Defense, in the Office of Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasian Affairs and in the Office of European Security Negotiations. She began her career in the federal government as an OSD Presidential Management Intern.

She is a recipient of both Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards from the Department of State, and of the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service.

Ms. Witkowsky is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds a B.A. in Russian and East European studies from Yale University. She received her M.P.A., with a concentration in international security, from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.



WIIS-DC Monthly Mentoring Circle

Date : February 18, 2014

Time : 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Place : George Washington University (801 22nd Street, NW, Rome Hall #350)

Come listen to Alice Friend share her tips  and insight on working and succeeding in the national security realm.  Come prepared to offer your own questions and observations to help enrich the discussion.

WIIS-DC Spotlight: Alice Friend

Alice Friend is the Principal Director for the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Past Experience:  Ms. Friend joined the Department of Defense in 2009 as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.  From 2010 to 2012, Ms. Friend was the Senior Advisor to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (DUSD) for Strategy, Plans, and Forces (SPF), supporting the DUSD on the full range of SPF’s portfolio items with a particular focus on global posture initiatives.  In addition to her assigned duties, Ms. Friend provided support to the development of the January 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance, and led the Policy team responsible for rolling out the Guidance to the public.

Prior to joining SPF, she served as Country Director for Pakistan in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, where she covered the strategic and nuclear issues portfolio.  She spearheaded DoD’s participation in the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue ministerial meetings in Washington, D.C., and the U.S.-Pakistan defense bi-lateral Defense Consultative Group talks in Islamabad, Pakistan.  For her efforts at the Department, Ms. Friend was awarded the Outstanding Public Service Award in 2009 and the Distinguished Civilian Service Award in 2012.

Prior to joining DoD, Ms. Friend held research positions at the Center for a New American Security and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and authored numerous reports and editorial pieces.  Her international experience includes positions at the International Labor Organization and the Public International Law and Policy Group, and work with the Senegalese Association for Research, Study, and Aid to Development through Operation Crossroads Africa.

Ms. Friend has also served as a Case Manager with Catholic Charities homeless shelter programs and as an AmeriCorps volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Government from Smith College and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs and U.S. Foreign Policy from American University.  She speaks French and Spanish.