Dr. Craig J. Wiener is a graduate of Peter Stuyvesant High School in New York City, and holds a dual degree in history and politics (American History and National Security Policy) with Latin honors from New York University. He received a Master of Science degree in Biodefense with a concentration in Homeland Security from the George Mason University Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. After finishing his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biodefense at George Mason University in 2016, Dr. Wiener continued on in his current position as Senior Technical Analyst for the United States Department of Energy in Washington, DC. His dissertation, which established computer network operations as a major military innovation and traced the origins of computer network exploitation and attack capabilities within the U.S. Intelligence Community, has been hailed as a ground breaking piece of scholarship in the realm of international security and intelligence studies.
In 2015 and 2016, Dr. Wiener was named a Pat Roberts USG scholar as he finalized his dissertation. In 2014, he was named the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Sidney D. Drell Academic Award winner for significant contributions to the intelligence and national security community. Dr. Wiener was named a 2013 Nuclear Scholar by The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), an internationally renowned think tank based in Washington, DC.
During his doctoral candidacy, from 2012-2015, Dr. Wiener was a special advisor to the Director of the Air Force Research Lab – Rome NY Information Directorate for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), Information Exploitation and Operations, Computer Network Defense, technical countermeasures, and other future state applications of Lab Core Technical Competencies.
In addition to his professional activities, Dr. Wiener worked for over five years as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Lecturer for Security and Intelligence matters at George Mason University Graduate School of Public Policy for General Michael V. Hayden while he completed his doctoral dissertation. His duties included staffing the General and managing and advising 25-30 Master’s and Ph.D. students per semester. Dr. Wiener provided research supervision and writing guidance to students in areas of counterterrorism, counter proliferation, cybersecurity, international security, failed or failing states, intelligence collection methods, counterintelligence, and foreign intelligence services. He has lectured on a variety of topics at the GMU Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, the Schar School of Government and Policy, the GMU School of Law for the National Security Program, the Defense Intelligence Agency, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and has testified in front of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Dr. Wiener previously served as Principal Consultant (Senior Advisor) for Strategic Planning and Analysis for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, Office of Program Integration (NA-14), where he provided program implementation planning to support the effectuation of the Nuclear Weapons Council’s 3+2 Strategy. Dr. Wiener also supported aspects of the Office of Research Development Test and Evaluation’s (NA-11) Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) Program concerning disruptive technology, as well as Advanced Radiography and Sub-Critical Experiment technologies. Prior to this assignment, Dr. Wiener was an Executive Policy Advisor for the Office of the Associate Administrator/Chief, Defense Nuclear Security at NNSA. Dr. Wiener developed strategic and operational policies, procedures, and guidance for significant or “hot topic” issues for DNS physical and cybersecurity responsibilities throughout the U.S. Nuclear Security Enterprise. His experience in the previous decade includes positions as a Senior WMD and Biodefense Analyst and Critical Environments Division Manager/Consulting Design Engineer for private sector firms supporting advanced science and technology and national security endeavors.