Carol R. Kuntz

Professional Headshot: Carol Kuntz
Professorial Lecturer of International Affairs
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Carol R. Kuntz served in the United States national security community for more than thirty years. Her work particularly focused on identifying changes in the strategic environment and implementing new policies and programs given those changes.

Her current work builds on this experience as she works at the intersection of strategy and technology policy. She teaches at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and, in the spring, at Georgetown University on the policy implications of Artificial Intelligence. She also serves as a Senior Advisor at The Chertoff Group.

At the end of the Cold War in 1989, Dr. Kuntz worked directly with the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and the Secretary of Defense in crafting a new defense strategy to replace the post-World War II strategy of Containment. She worked with others to use this new strategy to identify and implement the resulting changes in Department of Defense (DoD) forces and programs.

For the five years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, Dr. Kuntz served as the Homeland Security Advisor to the Vice President of the United States, advising him on all aspects of homeland security matters. She served as a member of the Homeland Security Deputies Committee, the Deputy Cabinet Secretary level group that shaped national policy. Dr. Kuntz played the leadership role in numerous policy initiatives, including particularly two Presidential Initiatives to strengthen defenses against terrorist attacks in the homeland, Project Bioshield in the Department of Health and Human Services and the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office in the Department of Homeland Security. Each of these initiatives sought to build organizations with the personnel, authorities and incentives to advance technology and successfully apply it to mitigate an emergent national security problem.

Her final assignment in her government career, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, sought to embed cutting-edge biotechnologies into the department’s countermeasure programs so as to defend against wholly novel biological threats, including threats posed by synthetic biology.

Dr. Kuntz received her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, her MPA from Princeton University, and her BA from Cornell University.


PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MPA, Princeton University

BA, Cornell University