Mr. Steven Goodwin

Director, Strategy and Operations Division

Steven GoodwinMr. Steven Goodwin has been the Director of the Strategy and Operations Division at NDU’s Center for Applied Strategic Learning since 2007.  Mr. Goodwin is a recognized expert in U.S. State Department operations, interagency coordination, foreign disaster management, and WMD consequence management.  Steve came to NDU in 2004 and served as a Senior Policy Analyst, developing political-military exercises for Members of Congress, U.S. and foreign military leaders, and NDU students.
Mr. Goodwin served in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs where he was Deputy Director of the Foreign Consequence Management Program, from 1998 to 2004.  At State, he developed and implemented U.S. foreign policy on WMD counterterrorism and served as a disaster management expert. He also led interagency teams overseas during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, where he has advised U.S. ambassadors, U.S. military commanders, and senior foreign officials on WMD threats and response.

A Foreign Service Officer from 1991 to 1998, Mr. Goodwin served in Syria, Turkey, and Bosnia.  In his overseas assignments he reported on the Middle East peace process and terrorism in the region, and performed consular and administrative duties, before returning to Washington to serve in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.  Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he served as a field artillery officer in the U.S. Army with assignments in the 4th Infantry Division and in Turkey with the Southern European Task Force.  Mr. Goodwin received a BA in Liberal Arts in 1981, and an MBA in 1985, both from Arizona State University.  In 2004, he received an MS in National Resource Management from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.