Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Matters Staff Selected to Join CSIS Project on Nuclear Issues

SEPT. 3, 2021 | OUSD A&S by Devon Bistarkey

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) recently announced its selections for their 2021 Mid-Career Cadre class – the next generation of professionals prepared to meet the nuclear challenges of the future.

This year’s distinguished cadre includes four individuals from the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Matters – Angela Weaver, senior analyst; Justine Davidson, special scientific advisor; Paul Davis, intergovernmental personnel act; and Jordan Hibbs, senior advisor.

“Congratulations to Justine, Paul, Angela, and Jordan for their selection to this fantastic program,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Matters (DASD(NM)), Drew Walter. “All four of these members of the Nuclear Matters team are rising leaders in—and the future of—the nation’s nuclear enterprise. The unique and valuable experiences and opportunities they gain through the CSIS PONI Mid-Career Cadre will ensure that future is even brighter.”

The CSIS cohort is comprised of members from across the government, military, national labs and non-profits, as well as the private sector and academia. To qualify, members must have five or more years of experience in the field and demonstrate a unique aptitude for developing expertise and moving into leadership roles.

In addition to providing educational and developmental opportunities during a pivotal point in their careers, the three-year program provides a valuable opportunity for peers to engage with and learn from one another. Programs activities include international exchanges, engagements with senior experts, multilateral dialogues, and opportunities to mentor young professionals.