Deborah Frincke

Associate Laboratories Director of National Security Programs

As the Associate Laboratories Director of National Security Programs, Deborah Frincke manages Strategic Partnership projects for the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal departments and agencies, Strategic Intelligence Partnership Projects for the U.S. Intelligence Community, and programs for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence.

Previously, Deborah served as the Associate Laboratory Director for National Security Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. While at ORNL, Deborah guided the research and development of science-based solutions to complex threats that put public safety, national defense, energy infrastructure, and the economy at risk.

She joined ORNL in 2020 after serving at the National Security Agency from 2011 to 2020, including Director of Research, NSA Science Advisor, and Member of the Board of Directors. Deborah also served as chief scientist of cybersecurity research at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory from 2004 to 2011.

She is an ACM Fellow, and has published more than 100 articles and technical reports, and her awards include the NSA’s Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, the NSA Research Leadership Excellence in Intelligence Award, and the U.S. Presidential Rank Award. Deborah holds a PhD in Computer Science/Security from the University of California, Davis.

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