Thomas DiNanno

Adjunct Fellow

At A Glance:

Thomas DiNanno is an adjunct fellow at Hudson Institute specializing in national security with a particular focus on deterrence and disarmament.

Biography

Thomas DiNanno is an adjunct fellow at Hudson Institute. Prior to joining Hudson, Mr. DiNanno served as a professional staff member on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and assistant secretary of state of the Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Bureau from 2018-2021. In his roles focusing on deterrence and disarmament, he led or managed several dialogues and treaty negotiations on behalf of the US on pressing foreign policy matters, such as the New Start Treaty extension negotiations in Vienna; the implementation and oversight of missile defense and space policy; and the US delegation to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in the Hague and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. He also led US extended deterrence engagement with Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Australia and led the 2019 US–China Space Security Dialogue in Beijing.

Previously, Mr. DiNanno was assistant administrator at the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency where he oversaw nearly $5 billion in counter-terrorism programs and national preparedness initiatives that focused on resilient public safety communications systems, national continuity planning, and cyber-security initiatives.

Mr. DiNanno served as senior fellow for homeland security and critical infrastructure protection at the International Assessment and Strategy Center from 2008-2017. From 2004-2007, Mr. DiNanno served as deputy assistant secretary for critical infrastructure protection at the US Department of Homeland Security where he was responsible for homeland security initiatives to identify and protect the nation’s critical infrastructure, while also implementing executive orders and legislative initiatives.

He represented the United States in bilateral initiatives involving cooperation between the private sector and government counter-terrorism initiatives both in Latin America, Canada and Europe. He was also involved in the development and execution of Operation Liberty Shield, the national mobilization of homeland security and public safety resources in the lead-up to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004.

Mr. DiNanno served in the White House Office of Homeland Security as director of corporate relations from November 2001 to March 2003 and as senior advisor and acting chief of staff at the US Small Business Administration from February 2001 to October 2001.

Mr. DiNanno received his master’s in business and urban planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master’s in government administration from the University of Pennsylvania, and a certificate in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy. He received a bachelor’s in economics and Latin American studies from Middlebury College in Vermont.

Events
12
May 2020
Past Event
Video Event | Maximum Pressure on the Assad Regime for its Chemical Weapons Use and Other Atrocities
Featured Speakers:
Thomas DiNanno
Ambassador James Jeffrey
David Asher
Michael Doran
12
May 2020
Past Event
Video Event | Maximum Pressure on the Assad Regime for its Chemical Weapons Use and Other Atrocities

**__Please be advised: This event will be premiering at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, May 12.__**

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Tuesday 8:00 - 8:45AM
Featured Speakers:
Thomas DiNanno
Ambassador James Jeffrey
David Asher
Michael Doran
29
May 2019
Past Event
The Arms Control Landscape
Featured Speakers:
Lt. Gen. Robert P. Ashley, Jr.
Rebeccah L. Heinrichs
Dr. James H. Anderson
Tim Morrison
Thomas DiNanno
Russian Yars ballistic nuclear missiles on mobile launchers roll through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade rehearsals on May 6, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)
29
May 2019
Past Event
The Arms Control Landscape

Featuring DIA Lt. Gen. Robert P. Ashley, Jr. on Russian and Chinese nuclear weapons.

Wednesday 4:45 - 7:00AM
Russian Yars ballistic nuclear missiles on mobile launchers roll through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade rehearsals on May 6, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Lt. Gen. Robert P. Ashley, Jr.
Rebeccah L. Heinrichs
Dr. James H. Anderson
Tim Morrison
Thomas DiNanno
Nuclear Missile Preparedness Drill National Security China Russia
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Rescue personnel evacuate mock victims from a subway train during a homeland defense emergency drill involving a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attack in an urban environment in New York City on August 4, 2021. (Photo by Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images)
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Associate Executive Director for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Programs at the National Strategic Research Institute at the University of Nebraska
Adjunct Fellow
Reports
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