Dr. Lillian “Doc” Alessa

Dr. Lillian “Doc” Alessa is President’s Professor at the University of Idaho and Affiliate Faculty with George Mason and Texas A&M universities. She is currently in split service as Lead, Special Programs and Senior Scientist with the Ted Stevens Center and Chief Scientist and Arctic Lead with U.S. Special Operations Command. Her federal service including as a Defense Intelligence Senior Level Special Adviser to the Office of the Director for National Intelligence, a Senior Arctic Advisor to the Pentagon and Deputy Chief of Global Strategies with the Department of Homeland Security. She has 30 years of Canadian and U.S. federal experience in the Arctic, cumulatively managing a $16 billion dollar portfolio that includes Canadian and U.S. service between Canadian Department of National Defense, Canadian Armed Forces, U.S. Department of Defense, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security, among others. She has dedicated her career to specializing in resilience science focused on national security, intelligence, and defense across interagency, intergovernmental, multinational and commercial sectors.

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