Major Fellowship Activities: Redden worked with Sandy Spector on an op-ed piece about the need to get international inspectors back in Iraq to verify WMD finds. He provided support for Sandy Spector to prepare for an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on reasons to readmit UN inspectors, and provided research support to Dennis Gormley on an article that he posted as a Research Story of the Week. He also distributed briefing materials to congressional offices in anticipation of a vote on the Dirty Bomb Prevention Act (HR891). He is co-writing a piece for the NIS Export Control Observer with Dennis Gormley on export control violations by some U.S. companies for transferring technology that could improve Chinese missile capabilities. He has also provided editing support to Dennis Gormley on another article, and has provided some support to CNS’s nuclear terrorism project and a project examining possible opportunities for increased export control assistance within the bounds of export control arrangements. He provided assistance to Leonard Spector to help him prepare for a panel discussion on Russian cooperation with Syria and Iran, held at the Heritage Foundation and attended the discussion. He provided research assistance to Dennis Gormley on regarding the nature and details surrounding the recent North Korean anti-ship cruise missile tests. He also attended a conference sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Strategic Studies (based at Duke University) on “The Media and Wartime Challenges,” and attended the PSR/CDI Conference on Nonproliferation. His largest project is a paper focusing on funding and other constraints on the IAEA that make providing a credible inspection regime difficult. He began the paper before beginning his Fellowship, and has drawn on the expertise of several CNS staff members and has been amplifying the paper based on their comments. He took over responsibilities for the Chemical and Biological Weapons listserv, which is compiled three times a week to a distribution list of over 3,000 people. In addition to creating and distributing this document, h manages the listserv subscriptions and archives each distribution’s articles into CNS’s private databases so that they might be searched later by researchers or graduate students. He also began doing research for Sandy Spector and Charles Ferguson for their Nuclear Terrorism Project. He provided research assistance for an articles Spector is writing on Iran’s nuclear program, and is expanding it into a more formal paper for publication on the CNS website. He co-authored a piece with Dennis Gormley, on Boeing and Hughes export control violations (“Boeing and Hughes Settle Over Export Control Violations Regarding Technology Data Transfers to the People’s Republic of China”) for the May 2003 issue of the CNS Export Control Observer. He attended congressional testimony given by CNS’ Dr. James Clay Moltz, and lectures on nuclear liability by Spector and on life on the USS Carl Vinson by Dr. Moltz. He also provided research support for several ongoing CNS projects, including one on the NPT, and compiled legal treatments on the weaponization of space. He provided support for Leonard Spector for his interview on NPR’s Weekend Edition (which Redden attended) on the looting in Iraq. He is researching the complaints of nations with regard to peaceful technology transfers under Article IV of the NPT as part of a project for Larry Scheinman, keeping track of the Proliferation Security Initiative, and beginning an independent project looking at the changing nature of nonproliferation tools employed by states.
Current Activities: Redden serves as Principal Director for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He was previously Director of the Strategy office in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in the Department of Defense. His office leads a wide range of efforts that guide Defense Department analysis and review including: formulating the Quadrennial Defense Review, assessing future national security challenges and risk management, developing long-term competitive strategies, coordinating global and internal policy planning, and deepening strategic collaboration with key allies and partners. He was previously a senior coordinator for Iraq & Coalition Affairs and before that was the Director for Northern & Western Europe in OSD. He became a Council on Foreign Relations Term Member and an MIT Seminar XXI fellow in 2015.
He was previously Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Dr. James Miller where he was responsible for providing his boss with advice and assistance with the formulation of national security and defense policy and the integration of DoD policy and plans to achieve national security objectives. His focus areas included: Security Sector Assistance Reform, Export Control Reform, Political-Military Issues, Oversight of the Commanders’ Emergency Response Program, and OSD(Policy) Human Capital issues. He was awarded the OSD Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service for contributions to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Security Affairs. In fall 2009 he was selected as a member of the inaugural class of the Center for a New American Security’s Next Generation National Security Leaders Program for people under 35, in which he participated in a series of discussions on various national security topics. He was previously a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), which selects only seven PMFs per year. His first rotation was in the OSD Base Realignment and Closure office where he helped with the Secretary’s BRAC Recommendations; he is now working in the Regional Assessments and Modeling Division, where he serves as an assistant to the division director who is playing a major role giving structure and managing elements of the process for the 2005 Quadrennial Defense Review. His master’s thesis was entitled “From Nonproliferation to Intervention: Representations of Weapons Proliferation in Contemporary U.S. Foreign Policy.”