Dr. Susan J. Koch


Defense and Strategic Studies

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
Defense and Strategic Studies
9302 Lee Hwy Suite 760
Fairfax, VA 22031


As an independent consultant, Dr. Susan Koch conducts research on weapons of mass destruction and proliferation issues. She has been an advisor to both the Department of State and Defense, lending her analysis to the National Security Advisor to prepare Presidential briefings. She teaches on arms control and internship training in DSS policy. Additionally she carries her academic insight to National Defense University as a Distinguished Research Fellow.



  • PhD Harvard University, Political Science, 1972 
  • MA Harvard University, Political Science, 1968
  • Diplôme, Université de Strasbourg, Centre Universitaire des Hautes Etudes Européennes, 1965
  • BA Mount Holyoke College, 1964


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

Professional experience

  • Independent Consultant, 2007-Present

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

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

  • 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

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

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

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

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