Dr. Margaret Sloane is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD Center) at National Defense University. For 15 months (2015-2016) she served as a special advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Countering WMD as a detailee from the WMD Center. Prior to that she was the director of the WMD Center’s Program for Emerging Leaders (2015-2012).
Before joining the WMD Center Dr. Sloane was an associate at Booz Allen Hamilton where she supported the Joint Staff Quadrennial Defense Review Coordination Office and the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office at the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to working at Booz Allen, Dr. Sloane was as a research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University; served as an intelligence officer for the Iraq Survey Group; interned at the Department of Defense; was a legislative research assistant for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan; and worked as a research assistant for Dr. Jessica T. Mathews at the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Sloane received her doctorate from The Fletcher School in International Relations. Her dissertation examined the United Nations Special Commission’s chemical and biological weapons inspections in Iraq from 1991 to 1998 and focused on lessons about forced disarmament, verification, and monitoring.
Dr. Sloane received the Joint Civilian Service Award from the Iraq Survey Group and the DIA Civilian Expeditionary Medal from the Defense Intelligence Agency. She was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was a Seminar XXI fellow (2013-2014). An accomplished runner, she competed in varsity cross country during college and has completed five road marathons, one trail marathon, and one 50-mile ultra-marathon.