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Victoria Samson

Victoria Samson is director of Washington operations for the Secure World Foundation.

She will be responsible for engaging Congressional staffers and agency officials on matters related to space security and governance. Prior to her time at the foundation, Victoria was a Senior Analyst with the Center for Defense Information (CDI) since November 2001. Her areas of interest at CDI included missile defense, nuclear reductions, and emerging weapons technologies.

Victoria is the author of numerous op-eds, analytical pieces, journal articles, and electronic updates on missile defense and space security matters, and provided an objective assessment of U.S. policy.

Prior to coming to CDI, she was the senior policy associate at the Coalition to Reduce Nuclear Dangers, a consortium of arms control groups in the Washington, D.C., area. She previously worked as a subcontractor on war-gaming scenarios for the Missile Defense Agency's Directorate of Intelligence.

Victoria has an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She also holds a B.A. in political science with a specialization in international relations from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

To see Victoria's presentations, writings and interviews related to the Foundation's mission, please click here.



Space debris – a growing concern
ASK THIS | May 06, 2009
How’s this for a collision: In February, one satellite smashed into another at a closing speed of 22,000 miles per hour. Both were destroyed, creating almost 900 pieces of trackable debris.

What exactly is the latest missile defense argument about?
ASK THIS | July 18, 2007
The U.S., unable to develop a dependable anti-missile system at home, seems determined to put a new one in Eastern Europe regardless of whether it will work or if there’s any real need for one or how much ill-will it causes. Why?

Ready or not, here comes Star Wars
ASK THIS | March 31, 2004
In time for the presidential election, interceptors are being deployed. Will they work?

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