John Lauder

John Lauder

Mr. John A. Lauder has a B.A. from Hiram College and an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University. He is a leading authority on Weapons of Mass Destruction, Nonproliferation, and Arms Control. He retired from the federal government in the fall of 2004 with over 33 years of managerial, analytical, and policy experience in the Central Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, and as an arms control negotiator. He has served as an active participant and leader of advisory panels to several government and private sector programs, including a broadly focused interagency study to improve intelligence on weapons of mass destruction. As Deputy Director of the National Reconnaissance Office for National Support, he translated the most pressing security challenges of the United States and its allies into requirements for the acquisition and operation of satellite reconnaissance systems. Previously as Director of the DCI Nonproliferation Center and Chief of the DCI Arms Control Intelligence Staff, he oversaw the nonproliferation, counter-WMD, and arms control monitoring efforts of the Intelligence Community during a time of sweeping international and organizational change. He has been awarded the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the NRO Gold Medal, and the DCI’s Director’s Award for his leadership and innovation in collection systems, analytical approaches, and vital national security initiatives and decisions.