Mrs. Maja Lehnus became the Director of the National Counterproliferation Center in January 2012. In her capacity as National Intelligence Manager for Counterproliferation (CP), Mrs. Lehnus serves as the principal advisor to the DNI on issues and matters relating to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems.
Maja M. Lehnus
Director of NCPC
Mrs. Lehnus came to NCPC most recently from her position as Director of the Weapons Intelligence, Nonproliferation, and Arms Control Center (WINPAC) since October 2007, having previously served as Deputy Director of WINPAC since December 2003. WINPAC is chartered with assessing the strategic threat posed by foreign weapons, monitoring nonproliferation and arms control agreements, and combating proliferation.
In February 2005, Mrs. Lehnus received the William L. Langer Award for "extraordinary achievement in support of the DI mission." Before reporting to the WINPAC Front Office, Mrs. Lehnus served as the Chief of the DCI's Iraq WMD Review Group and as the Deputy Director of the Office of Collection Strategies and Analysis (CSAA), an organization responsible for providing comprehensive intelligence collection expertise to senior Agency and Intelligence Community officials.
Mrs. Lehnus has held a wide range of management positions working weapons-related issues. She drove analytic programs related to foreign delivery systems, space and counterspace systems, advanced conventional weapons developments, emerging technologies, and nuclear capabilities. Mrs. Lehnus also led a special Agency and IC projects. Her analytic career focused on the analysis of foreign weapons systems, heavily leveraging technical data sources.
Mrs. Lehnus participated in the April 2011 Department of Defense Pinnacle program, a course is designed to prepare flag and general officers or equivalent. Much earlier in her career she also participated in the Women’s Executive Leadership Program, a year-long management training program. Mrs. Lehnus received her BSEE (Cum Laude) from Virginia Tech in 1984 and her MSEE from Johns Hopkins University in 1990.
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Principal Deputy Dir. of NCPC
Robert Walpole was appointed Principal Deputy Director of the Center in December 2006, having served since February 2006 as one of the Center’s four deputies. Prior to that, he served as a National Intelligence Officer (NIO), for Weapons of Mass Destruction and Proliferation since April 2004, and for Strategic and Nuclear Programs since March 1998.
Before joining the National Intelligence Council, Robert Walpole served as the Special Assistant to the DCI for Persian Gulf War Illnesses Issues, where he earned the Distinguished Intelligence Medal. He served from 1992 to 1997 as a Deputy Director of the DCI Nonproliferation Center, prior to the special assistant appointment. Four of those years were on a rotational assignment from the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs at the Department of State.
Mr. Walpole served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Defense and Arms Control from 1989 to 1992. He was Acting Office Director in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) from 1988 to 1989; Chief of INR’s Strategic Forces Division from 1985 to 1988; and a senior analyst in INR from 1984 to 1985. From 1978 to 1984, Mr. Walpole served at CIA as both an intelligence analyst and an imagery analyst.
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