Global Security - The Growing Challenge

A dialogue with the Laboratory's principal associate director for global security and the recent acting director of the Office of Counterintelligence

William (Will) Rees has led the Principal Associate Directorate for Global Security (PADGS) since the organization was created in 2009. He and Terry Hawkins, then acting director of the Office of Counterintelligence, agreed to talk with 1663 about the Laboratory's global-security mission and operations. Global security is regarded internally and externally as a core mission of the Laboratory. The Office of Counterintelligence falls within the PADGS organization

Rees has roots in academia. For over a decade he was a full professor and director of the Molecular Design Institute at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Rees came to the Laboratory from the Science and Technology Policy Institute in Washington, DC, where he is a fellow. Prior to that, Rees was deputy under secretary of defense for laboratories and basic sciences in the Department of Defense. In January, Rees was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Hawkins, a Laboratory senior fellow, joined the Laboratory in 1988 after a career in the U.S. Air Force. He served as the division leader for both the International Technology Division and the Nonproliferation and International Security Division. Hawkins became acting director of the Office of Counterintelligence in July 2010 and is now a senior scientist for PADGS.

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