Kenneth (Ken) Myers is President of PAE’s National Security Solutions (NSS) business unit. With nearly 3,000 employees, NSS 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 it provides full spectrum counter-terrorism support, forensic and biometric operations, business and litigation support, analysis and comprehensive training to customers engaged in complex national security missions worldwide.
For seven years, Ken was the Director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and US Strategic Command’s Center (SCC) for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction. His mission was to safeguard America and its allies from weapons of mass destruction by managing a $3 billion budget and leading a workforce of 2,000. As the longest serving leader in this role, Ken was responsible for executing 24/7 operations, programs in over 100 international locations daily, and a research and development portfolio providing expertise and capabilities to the U.S. Combatant Commands and military services. Under his leadership DTRA/SCC was recognized with three Department of Defense Joint Meritorious Unit Awards for its work in responding to the nuclear disaster at Fukashima, Japan; eliminating the Libyan and Syrian chemical weapons arsenals; and numerous classified operations and development of groundbreaking technologies.
Prior to his role at DTRA, Ken served for six years as a Senior Professional Staff Member on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. He oversaw nonproliferation, counter-proliferation, and counter-terrorism programs; arms control treaties; arms sales; annual authorization for the Department of State; and the development of legislative strategy for Committee legislation and nominations. He served as the Senior Legislative Assistant for National Security in the Office of Senator Richard Lugar for eight years prior to that.
Ken 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.