Deborah Frincke

Deborah Frincke, National Security Programs, Associate Labs Director

Associate Laboratories Director for National Security Programs

As the National Security Programs Associate Labs Director for Sandia National Laboratories, 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.

Deborah served at the National Security Agency from 2011 to 2020 in three capacities, most recently Director of Research, NSA Science Advisor, and Member of the Board of Directors. Deborah also served as Associate Laboratory Director at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for National Security Science (2020-2021), chief scientist of cybersecurity research at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory from 2004 to 2011, cofounder of TriGeo Network Security, and was a full professor at the University of Idaho.

Deborah currently serves on the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Strategic Advisor Group and was appointed by President Biden as a member of the National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee.

Her awards include the NSA’s Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, the NSA Research Leadership Excellence in Intelligence Award, and both the Meritorious and Distinguished U.S. Presidential Rank Award, as well as numerous others for teaching and outreach. Deborah is an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Fellow, holds a PhD in Computer Science/Security from the University of California, Davis and has published more than 200 articles and technical reports.

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