Rosemary Wenchel

Rosemary S. Wenchel is the deputy assistant secretary in the National Protection and Programs Directorate and Director for Cybersecurity Coordination for the Department of Homeland Security.  In this position, Wenchel is responsible for interdepartmental collaboration in strategic planning for the nation’s cybersecurity, support for cybersecurity capabilities development, and synchronization of current operational cybersecurity mission activities for the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense (DoD), including the National Security Agency.  She is also the DHS senior cybersecurity representative to the United States Cyber Command.  In addition, Wenchel ensures the Department’s cybersecurity research and development efforts are fully coordinated with policy and operations.

Wenchel previously served as the director of cyber capabilities and operations support in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.  Prior to that, she was the director of cyber, information operations and strategic studies for DoD.  She also exercised supervisory authority over specified Department Activities which provided analysis and integration for the secretary of defense and participating defense components.  Mrs. Wenchel joined the Office of the Secretary of Defense staff in 2006 as the senior advisor and technical director for Information Operations (IO). 

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Prior to joining DoD, Wenchel was the director of Navy Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities (TENCAP) and the deputy branch head for Battlespace Awareness, TENCAP, and IO for the deputy chief of naval operations for communication networks, OPNAV N6.

From 2002 to 2005, she served as the chief scientist to the Commander, Naval Security Group.

Wenchel joined the Naval Information Warfare Activity in 1995 as the director of the Naval Information Warfare Analysis Center.  In 1999, she assumed the role as the head of the Computational Analysis, Design Engineering, and Testing Department at the Naval Research Lab.  Wenchel began her professional career with the Naval Security Group as a Computer Systems Programmer in 1989.

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