At a Glance
- Career History:
Acting Chief of the Department of Justice Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section; Assistant U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Louisiana (1995-1999); Judge Advocate, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army Reserves, special assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia (1990-1991)
Walther press release
- Office: National Drug Intelligence Center319 Washington Street, 5th Floor, Johnstown, PA 15901-1622 Telephone: (814) 532-4601, FAX: (814) 532-4690
Path to Power
Walther, an attorney, has spent 18 years with the Justice Department, previously served as an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Louisiana. He also has served as a judge advocate in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army Reserves.
Walther was appointed to the NDIC's directorship in August 2005. A lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, he was deployed in 2007 to Iraq for a year, where he ran the American military's law-and-order task force and worked to bolster Iraq's justice system.
NDIC's highest-profile work during the Obama administration focused on Mexican drug production, with a March 2010 drug-threat assessment that attributed an increase in heroin and marijuana production to reduced Mexican efforts to eradicate drug crops. The agency's June 2010 report on methamphetamine also pointed to Mexican production as a major factor for the drug's surge in availability.
Walther has also found himself defending the NDIC's relevance. Critics have accused the center of being a pork- barrel program for the late Rep. John Murtha (D-Penn.), who moved the NDIC's headquarters to Johnstown, Penn., in his district in the early 1990s. They've said the center is ineffective and does not play a unique role within the dru -intelligence community, and some have questioned why a drug-intelligence center should be headquartered in Johnstown and not closer to the frontlines of the war on drugs.
The late Rep. John Murtha (D-Penn.) was one of the NDIC's loudest champions. At the center, Walther also interacts with Drug Enforcement Agency chief Michele Leonhart.
Campaign contribution databases show no records of Walther as having donated to major political campaigns.