Kathleen (Kate) Walsh

Kathleen (Kate) Walsh

Professor of National Security Affairs at US Naval War College

Newport, Rhode Island (Providence, Rhode Island Area)
International Affairs

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Kathleen (Kate) Walsh's Overview

  • Independent Consultant at /for national security and policy think tanks
  • Senior Associate at Henry L. Stimson Center
  • Senior Associate at DFI International
  • Research Associate at Henry L. Stimson Center
  • Research Assistant at National Committee on U.S.-China Relations
  • Assistant at American Enterprise Institute

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Kathleen (Kate) Walsh's Summary

Public policy research, analysis, instruction, and senior management experience at prominent Washington think tanks, military college, and as a government and independent consultant. Over two decades of experience analyzing policy issues affecting US and international security, focusing particularly on the Asia-Pacific, primarily China.

Civilian faculty member currently teaching graduate-level courses on how to analyze and understand the US policymaking process to US and international military officers (O3-O6) and civilians for accredited JPME I & II credit. Lecture and consult on China and Asia; contribute to curriculum development and served on the NSDM Editorial Board.

Conduct research, consult, and write on issues including US-China relations, China’s evolving science and technology strategy and policy, PRC military modernization, international technology transfer, foreign R&D investment in China, China’s commercial shipbuilding industry, among others. Current research: China's defense innovation system, global trends in S&T and R&D (commercial + defense), and the "Blue Economy."

Affiliate member of the NWC's China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI); Member of NWC's Asia-Pacific Studies Group (APSG), National Committee on US-China Relations (2010-present), US CSCAP, and WIIS.

Member of the National Research Council's Committee on Global S&T Strategies and Their Impact on US National Security (2009-present) http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/projectview.aspx?key=49144

Member of the National Academies’ National Research Council Committee on Assessing the Need for a Defense Stockpile (Spring-Summer 2007). Report: Managing Materials for a 21st Century Military [http://books.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12028 ]

Specialties: China, Asia, Asian Security, US Foreign and Security Policy, National Security Decisionmaking, R&D, Globalization, Technology Transfer, Confidence-building Measures, Blue Economy

Kathleen (Kate) Walsh's Experience

Associate Professor of National Security Affairs

US Naval War College

Government Agency; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

January 2006Present (8 years 9 months) National Security Affairs Dept & China Maritime Studies Institute Affiliate

Recent pubs / activities: (sample)

- "China's National Security Strategy," book chapter forthcoming in edited volume by Stanford University Press (2013)

- "Chinese Peacekeeping in the Asia Pacific: A Case Study on East Timor," co-authored with Lyle Goldstein in CMSI Red Book vol #9 (2012)

- "China's Defense Innovation System" - annual China Dual-Use Defense Science, Technology & Innovation conference & workshop (June-July 2011), book chapter <http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/forging-chinas-military-might-tai-ming-cheung/1115442944?ean=9781421411576> & testimony before US-China Commission: www.uscc.gov

- "Globalization, China's Rise, and DoD's Rare Earth Resource Conundrum," Naval War College NSDM case study (July 2011)

- "The State of China's Defense R&D: Great Expectations," conference paper delivered to annual 2012 IGCC STIC conference (July 2011).

- "China's National and Defense Innovation Systems," presentations before University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy & Chicago Center for Global Affairs (May 2011)

- "China's Recent Military Development: How Chinese Military Development Affects US-China Relations," presentation to World Affairs Council at University of New Hampshire as part of National Committee on US-China Relations' National Town Hall (Oct 2010).

- "Role, Promise, and Challenges of Dual-Use Technology in Defense Industrial Development," Chapter 7 in The Modern Defense Industry: Political, Economic, and Technological Issues, Richard A. Bitzinger, ed. (Praeger Publishers, 2009) - http://www.praeger.com/catalog/C9475.aspx

- Andrew S. Erickson & Kathleen A. Walsh, “National Security Challenges and Competition: Defense and Space R&D in the Chinese Strategic Context,” Technology in Society, Special Issue: China, India and the United States, vol. 30, no.s 3-4 (Elsevier Publishers, August-November 2008), pp. 349-361.

- China R&D: A High-Tech Field of Dreams,” Asia-Pacific Business Review, Volume 13, Issue 3 (July 2007), pp. 321-335.

Independent Consultant

/for national security and policy think tanks

January 2004December 2005 (2 years)

Independent consulting projects for, among others:

* Los Alamos Technical Associates (LATA);
* Henry L. Stimson Center’s Program on the Future of Peace
* The Monterey Institute for International Studies (MIIS), Center for
Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), and
* Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), International
Security Program's Asia Project

Senior Associate

Henry L. Stimson Center

April 2000October 2004 (4 years 7 months)

Projects Director, Program on Linking Trade, Technology, & Security. Managed three simultaneous projects analyzing international technology transfers, nonproliferation and export controls, and the rise of China.

Authored "Foreign High-Tech R&D in China: Risks, Rewards, and Implications for US-China Relations" (2003 monograph) <http://www.stimson.org/pub.cfm?id=82>

Established innovative visiting fellowship program in China, working with partner institutions and contacts in Shanghai, Beijing, and beyond.

Staff on Study Group on Enhancing Multilateral Export Controls <http://www.stimson.org/exportcontrol/?sn=ex20021203449>

Senior Associate

DFI International

June 1997February 2000 (2 years 9 months)

Oversaw, and principal investigator for, DFI’s US Government-sponsored projects involving research and analysis of China-related security, technology, and trade issues.

Conducted analysis and government briefs on global technology transfers, US export control reforms for a global economy, and regional security implications from missile defenses, among other issues.

Research Associate

Henry L. Stimson Center

July 1995June 1997 (2 years)

Expanded Center programs to include China as part of the Project on Confidence-Building Measures in Regions of Tension; established new Stimson Center contacts in China and with China scholars in the United States; and worked with Visiting Fellows Program.

Published: “Key Developments in the Korean Peninsula CBM Process,” CBM Handbook No. 2, co-authored with Lisa Owens and Matthew C.J. Rudolph, The Henry L. Stimson Center (March 1998).

“Confidence-Building Measures in the Asia-Pacific Region: A Year-End Review and Assessment of Regional Security,” with Michael Krepon, Disarmament Diplomacy (1995).

“The Future of U.S.-Asia Relations: An Address to the Asia Society by Senator Rockefeller,” Asian New Yorker (February 1994).

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; International Affairs industry

January 1994May 1995 (1 year 5 months)

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Think Tanks industry

January 1990February 1993 (3 years 2 months)

China Studies Program & Environmental Studies Program.

* Assisted in organizing and coordinating international conferences on public policy and international relations.

* Edited articles and papers for publication, overseeing numerous books and reports through various stages of publication.

* Researched China-related and environmental issues. Regularly took part in weekly Program seminars on contemporary affairs in China.

* Coordinated intern program (3-10 interns per semester).

Kathleen (Kate) Walsh's Languages

  • French

Kathleen (Kate) Walsh's Publications

Kathleen (Kate) Walsh's Organizations

  • Wylie Goup

    • 2012 to Present

Kathleen (Kate) Walsh's Skills & Expertise

  1. National Security
  2. Research
  3. International Relations
  4. Policy Analysis
  5. International Security
  6. Foreign Policy
  7. china
  8. Asia Pacific
  9. R&D
  10. Technology Transfer
  11. Innovation
  12. S&T
  13. Globalization
  14. Defense
  15. Government
  16. Politics
  17. Policy
  18. Intelligence Analysis
  19. Public Policy
  20. Program Management
  21. Diplomacy
  22. DoD
  23. Strategy
  24. Military

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Kathleen (Kate) Walsh's Education

Columbia University - School of International and Public Affairs

M.A., International Security Policy


Awarded US Department of State summer internship -- Guangzhou, PRC (1994)

Women in International Security (WIIS) summer workshop participant (1995)

Activities and Societies: Editorial Board, Journal of International Affairs

The George Washington University

B.A., International Affairs - Elliott School of Int'l Affairs


Office of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, US Senate, Foreign Policy intern (1988)

Activities and Societies: Board of Trustees Scholarship

The American University of Paris

International Affairs


Suffolk University

Government Politics


Activities and Societies: Award of Recognition in Government

Kathleen (Kate) Walsh's Additional Information

Groups and Associations:

- China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI), US Naval War College [http://www.nwc.navy.mil/cnws/cmsi/overview.aspx] - Naval War College Foundation member - Member, National Committee on US-China Relations (2010) - United States Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific — USCSCAP (April 1996-present). - Women in International Security (WIIS) (1994-present) - SHARP (Summer 2007)

Honors and Awards:

- Recipient of foundation grants from the Smith Richardson Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, and the Stanley Foundation (as principal investigator) and from the Ford Foundation and Carnegie Corporation (as collaborating expert).

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