CRDF Global announced Wednesday the appointment of Kenneth Myer III as president. Myers will use his extensive national security background to inform his strategic leadership to CRDF’s global operations.
“Since the start of his career, he has been instrumental in advancing the goals and vision of the Nunn-Lugar legislation that paved the way for the creation of CRDF Global. This long connection with and support for our organization and its missions makes him an ideal addition to the organization,” commented previous Wash100 Award recipient and CRDF CEO Michael Dignam.
Previously, Myers worked as the senior vice president for defense and security at PAE. While at PAE, Myers led international programs to counter threats from weapons of mass destruction and provide solutions for biometrics, training, forensics and laboratory management.
Before serving with PAE, Myers, from 2009 thru 2016, served as director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and U.S. Strategic Command Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction. As the director, he managed 2,000 employees between 33 offices in 15 countries with a $3 billion budget.
His accomplishments as DTRA director include expanding DTRA operations to Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Also, the agency was recognized with three Joint Meritorious Unit Awards while he was director. Personally, he was awarded the Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service before joining PAE.
Myer has served as a senior professional staff member in the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and as senior advisor to Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana. He advised Senator Lugar on European, Caucasus, and Central Asian affairs.
In addition to his advising role in the Senate, Myers vetted nominees for ambassadorial posts and played a leading role in important foreign policy debates on topics including the Nunn-Lugar Program, NATO, arms control, arms sales, India, Iran and North Korea. “Ken is a dynamic leader, and it is a privilege to welcome him to CRDF Global,” concluded Dignam.