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Deputy Director Named for Center for Security Studies at ASU

March 26, 2010

Susan J. Williams, an Angelo State University graduate with a decade of intelligence and language training experience at Goodfellow Air Force Base, has been named deputy director of ASU’s Center for Security Studies (CSS), effective April 1.

ASU President Joseph C. Rallo announced the initial CSS appointment and said Williams will serve as the center’s interim director and chief operating officer until a permanent director is named next year.

“With Susan’s appointment, the Center for Security Studies is up and running,” Rallo said. “We are delighted to welcome back one of our own alums to move forward with this interdisciplinary program to help our nation meet its future security needs. Her experience at Goodfellow AFB will help ASU strengthen our relationship with the base and better meet the needs of their personnel in training.”

Since 2008 Williams has served as chief of faculty development flight at Goodfellow. In that capacity, she directed instructor and curricula development training of over 1,400 incoming personnel from all branches of the service as well as for civilians and contractors.

Her previous positions have included chief, training support flight, 316 Training Squadron; chief, training technologies flight; and chief, plans and programs division. In those positions she managed a $35 million budget and all resourcing for Goodfellow AFB technical training. Additionally, she directed local execution of National Security Agency training mandates for intelligence linguist and analyst training as well as managed the acquisition, integration and operation of computers and related equipment for the Department of Defense’s largest intelligence training network. She also procured futuristic training technology and virtual reality mock-ups in partnership with the Air Force Research Lab and Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation.

In 2003 Williams served as the Goodfellow AFB representative for an inaugural “Allied Intelligence Crosstalk” and networked with allies and commanders across field sites in the United Kingdom and Germany.

Williams in 1998 graduated summa cum laude from ASU with a Bachelor of Science in psychology. She has also done post-baccalaureate work at ASU and completed Squadron Officers School at Air University at Maxwell AFB.

Her work has received multiple awards including the Air Education and Training Command’s Outstanding Civilian Intelligence Contributor of the Year, 2003; Exemplary Civilian Service Medal, 2003; Air Education and Training Command’s Outstanding Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Civilian Contributor of the Year, 2007; and National Runner-up, National Security Agency Civilian Training Support of the Year, 2007.

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