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Anne A. Witkowsky

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Stability and Humanitarian Affairs


Anne A. Witkowsky was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Stability and Humanitarian Affairs in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.  In that capacity she had policy responsibility for humanitarian assistance and disaster response; DoD support to the security of U.S. embassies; peacekeeping and stability operations; and international humanitarian law, rule of law and protection of human rights.

She previously served as the Acting Principal Deputy Coordinator in the Bureau of Counterterrorism (CT) at the U.S. Department of State, from August 2012-December 2013, serving also as the CT Bureau’s Deputy Coordinator for Homeland Security and Multilateral Affairs from 2009. In the position of Deputy Coordinator, she was responsible for homeland security matters related to overseas counterterrorism, terrorism designations and sanctions, screening and information sharing programs, and counterterrorism policy and programs in multilateral organizations.
From 2000-2009, Ms. Witkowsky was affiliated with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), as a Senior Fellow from 2000-2007 and as a non-resident Senior Associate from 2007-2009. At CSIS she led projects on a range of international and homeland security issues, directing the CSIS Embassy of the Future commission, which examined enhancements to the effectiveness of the U.S. overseas diplomatic presence; directing a domestic terrorist attack simulation exercise; and serving as the executive director of the Secretary of Energy-requested CSIS Commission on Science and Security. She also contributed to the Goldwater-Nichols studies on homeland and national security governance. During her CSIS affiliation, she authored a number of publications.

From 1993-2000, Ms. Witkowsky served as a Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control on the National Security Council (NSC) staff, where she was responsible for European security and conventional arms control.

Prior to taking her position on the NSC staff, Ms. Witkowsky served from 1988-2002 in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), U.S. Department of Defense, in the Office of Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasian Affairs and in the Office of European Security Negotiations. She began her career in the federal government as an OSD Presidential Management Intern.

She is a recipient of both Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards from the Department of State, and of the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service.

Ms. Witkowsky is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds a B.A. in Russian and East European studies from Yale University. She received her M.P.A., with a concentration in international security, from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.