Susan Koch, Ph.D.

DSS 704  Arms Control: Theory and Practice
DSS 720  Internship Training in DSS Policy

Professional Experience

Independent Consultant, 2007-Present

  • Conduct studies and analyses on weapons of mass destruction (WMD) threat reduction and proliferation policy issues.

National Institute for Public Policy, Senior Scholar, 2015-Present            

Missouri State University, Graduate Department of Defense and Strategic Studies Faculty, 2011-Present

  • DSS 704  Arms Control: Theory and Practice
  • DSS 720  Internship Training in DSS Policy

National Defense University, Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Distinguished Research Fellow, 2011-Present

Department of Defense Threat Reduction Advisory Committee, Member, 2010-Present

Department of State, Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Arms Control, 2005-2007

  • Advised the Under Secretary on WMD policy issues, including multilateral  nuclear nonproliferation, North Korea, and cooperative threat reduction  programs                  

National Security Council Staff, Director for Proliferation Strategy, 2001-2005

  • Prepared issues for Presidential decision, and supported the National Security Advisor.
  • Led interagency groups on nonproliferation and counterproliferation policy, including overall strategy to combat WMD, multilateral nonproliferation efforts, and cooperative threat reduction.

DOD, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Threat Reduction Policy, 1994-2001

  • Responsible for multilateral and bilateral arms  control, nonproliferation, and Cooperative Threat Reduction program policy issues.
  • Served concurrently as Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Strategy and Threat Reduction in 2000-01 and performed the duties of the  Assistant Secretary from January-July 2001.                  

Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control, NSC Staff, 1991-1993

  • Prepared issues for Presidential decision and supported the National Security Advisor.
  • Chaired interagency groups on defense and arms control policy, including  START I and II, the Presidential Nuclear Initiatives, and nuclear testing.

Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, Assistant Director, Strategic and Nuclear Affairs, 1990-1991

  • Presidential appointment with Senate confirmation, responsible for strategic and theater nuclear arms and strategic defense arms control policy issues.              


  • Ph.D., Harvard  University, Political Science, 1972 
  • M.A., Harvard University, Political Science, 1968
  • Diplôme, Université de Strasbourg, Centre Universitaire des Hautes Etudes Européennes, 1965
  • B.A., Mount Holyoke College, 1964