Deborah Frincke

National Security Programs Associate Labs Director, Sandia National Laboratories

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. Deb
manages a team of over 2,000 employees and an estimated $850M budget.

Previously, Deb was the Associate Laboratory Director for National Security
Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), where she 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. Leveraging the broad science foundation at ORNL, she oversaw the work of multi-disciplinary research teams who apply signature capabilities in nuclear and uranium science, highperformance computing, geographical information science, cyber and data science, applied materials, and advanced manufacturing to counter national security challenges.

Deb joined ORNL from the National Security Agency (NSA), where she served in
three roles between 2011 and 2020: Deputy and then Director of Research and
Director of Education and Training. She also was a founding member of the NSA
Board of Directors, served as the agency’s Science Advisor, and was the first NSA
Innovation Champion.

Under her leadership, the NSA Research Directorate devised breakthroughs in
diverse fields that included mathematics, computer science, cyber security, quantum
and high-performance computing, engineering, physical sciences such as optics,
neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and linguistics. Her leadership was crucial to
significant technology transfers within NSA and across federal government and
international partnerships. She served on a wide range of boards, including the
Intelligence Community Steering Committee for Artificial Intelligence, and was a cochair of the White House Committee on Economic and National Security
Implications of Quantum.

Prior to joining NSA, she worked in academia, reaching the rank of full professor at
University of Idaho; served as Chief Scientist for Cybersecurity at Pacific Northwest
National Laboratory and launched their cybersecurity research program; and
cofounded a successful cybersecurity startup company, TriGeo Network Systems.
She is an ACM Fellow, has published over 200 articles and technical reports, and her
awards include the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal from the National Security
Agency, the NSA Research Leadership Excellence in Intelligence Award, and the U.S.
Presidential Rank Award. She received her PhD from the University of California,
Davis in 1992. She is also the Department of Defense representative to NATO for
Emerging and Disruptive Technologies.