Kenneth Myers, is a Senior Vice President for Defense and Security at PAE National Security Solutions (NSS). NSS has nearly 3,000 employees, and is a world-wide authority in performing and training military and law enforcement personnel to counter weapons of mass destruction and improvised threats. In addition, PAE provides full spectrum counter-threat support, forensic and biometric operations, and comprehensive training to customers engaged in complex national security missions worldwide.
Prior to joining PAE, Ken was the Director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and U.S. Strategic Command Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction from 2009 – 2016. As a member of the Senior Executive Service, he was the fourth and longest serving director of the agency. DTRA/SCC had an annual $3 billion budget and operated simultaneously as a defense agency, combat support agency, and a Combatant Command component that safeguards America and its allies from weapons of mass destruction. DTRA/SCC was charged with providing the military services and Combatant Commands with expertise, technology and capabilities to deter, defeat, eliminate, and prevent WMD use — through 24/7 operational support and a research and development portfolio focused on elimination, defense, and detection of WMD and deeply buried targets. Under his leadership DTRA/SCC was awarded four Joint Meritorious Unit Awards and Ken was awarded with the Secretary of Defense’s Exceptional Public Service Award. Prior to DTRA/SCC, Ken served for six years as a Senior Professional Staff Member on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and eight years on the personal staff of Senator Richard Lugar. He drafted and reviewed legislation and treaties related to arms control, nonproliferation, counter proliferation, and consequence management to include the Nunn-Lugar, Nunn-Lugar-Domenici, and Lugar-Obama bills. Ken is a member of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Global Security Directorate Strategic Advisory Group, Draper Laboratory Special Programs Advisory Group and the Board of Directors at Jefferson National Laboratory. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech University, a master’s degree at the Catholic University of America, and completed the Corporate Leader program at Harvard Business School.