Hon. Richard J. Danzig

  • The RAND Corporation

Richard Danzig is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of The RAND Corporation, a member of the Defense Policy Board and The President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, a Trustee of Reed College, a Director of the Center for a New American Security and a Director of Saffron Hill Ventures (a European investment firm). In recent time he has been a director of National Semiconductor Corporation (NY Stock Exchange) and Human Genome Sciences Corporation (NASDAQ). He has also served as The Chairman of the Board of The Center for a New American Security and Chairman of the Board of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

From the spring of 2007 through the Presidential election of 2008, Dr. Danzig was a senior advisor to Senator Obama on national security issues. Dr. Danzig served as the 71st Secretary of the Navy from November 1998 to January 2001.  He was the Under Secretary of the Navy between 1993 and 1997. 

Dr. Danzig is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and a senior advisor at the Center for New American Security, the Center for Naval Analyses, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC. His primary activity is as a consultant to the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security on terrorism.

Dr. Danzig was born in New York City in 1944.  He received a B.A. degree from Reed College, a J.D. degree from Yale Law School, and Bachelor of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.  Upon his graduation from Yale, Dr. Danzig served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White.

Between 1972 and 1977, Dr. Danzig was an Assistant and then Associate Professor of Law at Stanford University, a Prize Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows, and a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow.  During this period, he wrote a book on contract law and articles on constitutional history, contracts, criminal procedure, and law and literature.

From 1977 to 1981, Dr. Danzig served in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, first as a Deputy Assistant Secretary and then as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower, Reserve Affairs and Logistics.  In these roles, he contributed particularly to the development of the Department’s ability to mobilize manpower and materiel for deployment abroad.  In 1981, he was awarded the Defense Distinguished Public Service Award.  He received that same honor—the highest Department of Defense civilian award—twice more in 1997 and 2001 for his work with the Navy and Marine Corps.

Between 1981 and 1993, Dr. Danzig was a partner in the law firm of Latham and Watkins.  Resident in Washington, his unusually broad legal practice encompassed white-collar crime defense work, civil litigation, and corporate work, including heading the firm’s Japan practice.  During this time he co-authored a book on National Service, taught contracts at Georgetown Law School, and was a Director of the National Semiconductor Corporation, a Trustee of Reed College, and litigation director and then vice chair of the International Human Rights Group.  In 1991, he was awarded that organization’s Tony Friedrich Memorial Award as pro-bono human rights lawyer of the year.

Dr. Danzig and his wife, Andrea, reside in Washington, DC where Mrs. Danzig has an active practice as a psychotherapist.  They have two adult children, David and Lisa.  Mr. Danzig’s recent publications include “Driving in the Dark: Ten Propositions About Prediction” and as co-author of “Aum Shinrikyo: Insights into How Terrorists Develop Biological and Chemical Weapons,” both published in 2011 by The Center for a New American Security.

  • July 21, 2014
  • Richard Danzig
  • Reports

Surviving on a Diet of Poisoned Fruit: Reducing the National Security Risks of America’s Cyber Dependencies

Surviving on a Diet of Poisoned Fruit: Reducing the National Security Risks of America’s Cyber Dependencies

"Surviving on a Diet of Poisoned Fruit: Reducing the National Security Risks of America’s Cyber Dependencies" by the Honorable Richard Danzig offers key insights about how to improve U.S. national security policymaking to address cyber insecurity. In the report, the author examines existing information technology security weaknesses and provides nine specific recommendations for the U.S. government and others to cope with these insecurities.

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  • December 18, 2012
  • Richard Danzig, Zachary Hosford
  • Reports

Aum Shinrikyo – Second Edition – English

Aum Shinrikyo – Second Edition – English

In the Second Edition of the 2011 CNAS report Aum Shinrikyo: Insights Into How Terrorists Develop Biological and Chemical Weapons, the authors provide new analysis of Aum Shinrikyo’s chemical and biological weapons development, which pre-dated their 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system.

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  • December 18, 2012
  • Richard Danzig, Zachary Hosford
  • Reports

Aum Shinrikyo – Second Edition – Japanese

Aum Shinrikyo – Second Edition – Japanese

In the Second Edition of the 2011 CNAS report Aum Shinrikyo: Insights Into How Terrorists Develop Biological and Chemical Weapons, the authors provide new analysis of Aum Shinrikyo’s chemical and biological weapons development, which pre-dated their 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system.

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  • November 15, 2012
  • Richard Danzig, Andrew M. Saidel, Zachary Hosford
  • Policy Briefs

Beyond Fukushima: A Joint Agenda for U.S.-Japanese Disaster Management

Beyond Fukushima: A Joint Agenda for U.S.-Japanese Disaster Management

In Beyond Fukushima: A Joint Agenda for U.S.-Japanese Disaster Management, Richard Danzig, CNAS Chairman of the Board of Directors; Andrew M. Saidel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dynamic Strategies Asia, LLC; and Zachary M. Hosford, CNAS Research Associate, argue that the United States and Japan should pursue an “all-hazards” approach to manage the consequences of future disasters, improve joint capabilities and strengthen the Japanese-American relationship.

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  • October 19, 2011
  • Richard Danzig
  • Reports

Driving in the Dark: Ten Propositions About Prediction and National Security

Driving in the Dark: Ten Propositions About Prediction and National Security

In Driving in the Dark: Ten Propositions About Prediction and National Security, Richard Danzig examines the nature of prediction in national security and offers strategic recommendations for how the U.S. Department of Defense can improve its predictive capabilities while also preparing for predictive failure.

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  • July 20, 2011
  • Richard Danzig, Hidemi Yuki, Lloyd Hough, Marc Sageman, Rui Kotani, Terrance Leighton
  • Reports

Aum Shinrikyo: Insights Into How Terrorists Develop Biological and Chemical Weapons

Aum Shinrikyo: Insights Into How Terrorists Develop Biological and Chemical Weapons

In 1995, the Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo unleashed terror on the Tokyo subway system with a highly publicized sarin gas attack. However, less is known about the group’s development of biological and chemical weapons and about their prior attacks using these weapons. The CNAS report, Aum Shinrikyo: Insights Into How Terrorists Develop Biological and Chemical Weapons, provides never-before documented information on the terrorist group and its operations.

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  • September 25, 2008
  • Richard Danzig, Philipp Bleek, Rachel Kleinfeld
  • Reports

After an Attack: Preparing Citizens for Bioterrorism

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Responses to a catastrophic bioterror attack are likely to greatly amplify or substantially mitigate the attack’s consequences. No less significant, if our post-attack responses fail, we are likely to encourage future attacks by demonstrating their efficacy in spreading terror. Citizen preparedness is a key variable in our response, but while the United States has made substantial investments in professional preparation, only rhetorical attention has been paid to preparing the broader public. Using aerosol anthrax and smallpox attacks as primary examples, this paper demonstrates that our present preparations are likely to fail when measured against the six most fundamental citizen expectations. It advocates five research and development investments that would enhance citizen preparation.

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  • July 10, 2014
  • Richard Danzig
  • Events

Living with Cyber Insecurity: Reducing the National Security Risks of America’s Cyber Dependencies

On Monday, July 21, CNAS hosted an event discussing proposals for U.S. government responses to cyber insecurity by Dr. Richard Danzig and the rollout of a new CNAS report.

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  • December 19, 2011
  • Richard Danzig, Robert Kaplan, Patrick M. Cronin
  • Events

Cooperation from Strength: The United States, China and the South China Sea

At an event on January 10, 2012, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) released a report by CNAS experts Dr. Patrick Cronin and Robert D. Kaplan titled "Cooperation from Strength: The United States, China and the South China Sea."

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  • July 11, 2011
  • Richard Danzig
  • Events

Aum Shinrikyo: Insights Into How Terrorists Develop Biological and Chemical Weapons

At an event on July 28, 2011, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) released a major report, "Aum Shinrikyo: Insights Into How Terrorists Develop Biological and Chemical Weapons," with never-before documented information on the group and its operations.

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  • July 30, 2014
  • Richard Danzig
  • In the News

New Cybersecurity Primer by the Center for a New American Security

Just Security article features Center for a New American Security report, "Surviving on a Diet of Poisoned Fruit: Reducing the National Security Risks of America’s Cyber Dependencies," authored by Richard Danzig. 

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  • July 24, 2014
  • Richard Danzig
  • In the News

Understanding Vulnerabilities Key To Improving US Cybersecurity Posture

Homeland Security Today covers the Honorable Richard Danzig's latest report, “Surviving on a Diet of Poisoned Fruit: Reducing the National Security Risks of America’s Cyber Dependencies."

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  • July 23, 2014
  • Richard Danzig
  • In the News

White House urged to articulate new standard for vital cybersecurity

Inside Cybersecurity cites Chairman Richard Danzig and his latest report, "Surviving on a Diet of Poisoned Fruit: Reducing the National Security Risks of America’s Cyber Dependencies," highlighting key recommendations for the White House and Department of Homeland Security.

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  • July 22, 2014
  • Richard Danzig
  • In the News

CNAS: Make cyber deals with Russia, China

POLITICO Pro features Chairman Richard Danzig's latest report, "Surviving on a Diet of Poisoned Fruit: Reducing the Risk of America’s Cyber Dependencies,” and its recommendations to establish cyber security agreements with other world powers, namely as Russia and China. 

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  • February 27, 2013
  • Richard Danzig
  • In the News

Former Navy Chief Presses U.S. to Rework Bioagent Detection Strategy

Global Security Newswire reports on Chairman of the Board of Directors Dr. Richard Danzig’s recent push of the U.S. to reanalyze its bioagent detection strategy.

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  • July 27, 2011
  • Zachary Hosford, Richard Danzig
  • In the News

Terror Roulette: How Do You Prevent a Terror Attack?

The Washington Post's David Ignatius writes this about the CNAS report Aum Shinrikyo, "Danzig and his co-authors make the essential point: In dealing with these extremist groups and cults, the world is playing Russian roulette: “Many chambers in the gun prove to be harmless, but some chambers are loaded.”"

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  • January 5, 2011
  • Richard Danzig
  • In the News

A Deadly Virus We May Still Need

Chairman of the CNAS Board of Directors Richard Danzig writes in The New York Times about biological weapons and terrorism.

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  • August 2, 2011
  • Richard Danzig
  • Videos

Video: Aum Shinrikyo: Insights Into How Terrorists Develop Biological and Chemical Weapons, Part Two

On July 28, 2011, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) released a major report, Aum Shinrikyo: Insights Into How Terrorists Develop Biological and Chemical Weapons, with never-before documented information on the group and its operations. Part Two of the report release event features Richard Danzig discussing Aum's chemical and biological weapons and applications to today's threats.

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  • August 1, 2011
  • Richard Danzig, Nathaniel C. Fick
  • Videos

Video: Aum Shinrikyo: Insights Into How Terrorists Develop Biological and Chemical Weapons, Part One

On July 28, 2011, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) released a major report, Aum Shinrikyo: Insights Into How Terrorists Develop Biological and Chemical Weapons, with never-before documented information on the group and its operations. Part One of the report release event features Nathaniel Fick, Richard Danzig and Marc Sageman discussing Aum Shinrikyo as an organization and its turn to violence.

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  • June 21, 2010
  • Leo S. Mackay, Richard Danzig
  • Videos

CNAS 4th Annual Conference Video: Shaping the Agenda- Introduction and Opening Remarks

The Honorable Dr. Richard Danzig, chairman of the CNAS Board of Directors, and The Honorable Dr. Leo Mackay, CNAS Board of Directors member, delivered opening and introductory remarks at the CNAS fourth annual conference "Shaping the Agenda: American National Security in the 21st Century."

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  • December 3, 2008
  • Richard Danzig, Michele Flournoy
  • Videos

CNAS Launch: Inheritance and Way Forward Panel

  • December 3, 2008
  • Richard Danzig
  • Videos

Pivot Point: Morning Keynote by Hon. Richard J. Danzig