Issue BriefOct 24, 2017
Managing the Korean conundrum
By Todd Rosenblum
Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have vexed US policy makers for generations. But for American citizens, problems of stability on the peninsula, and North Korean threats to its neighbors were problems over there.
Todd M. Rosenblum is a nonresident senior fellow in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security’s Scowcroft Strategy Initiative. His focus for the Council is on emerging threats, domestic terrorism prevention, border security, national security strategy and decision-making, intelligence, cyber policy, nonproliferation, and comparative approaches toward homeland security. Rosenblum brings a wealth of experience in national security policymaking, intelligence programs, oversight, and decision-making leadership.
Rosenblum was the acting assistant secretary and principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs from May 2011 to January 2015. He was the deputy under secretary of intelligence for plans, policy, and performance management, Department of Homeland Security, from February 2009 to May 2011.
Prior to his service in the Obama Administration, Rosenblum was a professional staff member on the Senate Intelligence Committee from March 2005 to November 2008. Concurrently, and prior to joining the Committee, he served as the military legislative assistant and national security advisor to Senator Evan Bayh from January 2001 to November 2008.
Rosenblum held several management and advisory positions at the Department of State and the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency from August 1994 to January 2001. He was the executive assistant/chief of staff to the Assistant Secretary of State for Nonproliferation, the senior foreign affairs adviser for Northeast Asia at the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and the deputy political-military adviser for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. Rosenblum began his professional career as an intelligence officer in the Central Intelligence Agency’s Office of Near Eastern Affairs, Directorate of Intelligence, from September 1988 to January 1993.
Rosenblum has received numerous individual and group awards from the Departments of Defense and State, the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and the Central Intelligence Agency, including the Department of Defense’s Distinguished Public Service Medal and the Department of Homeland Security’s Outstanding Public Service Medal. He received his master’s in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, and his Bachelor of Arts from Columbian College, The George Washington University.
Rosenblum continues to serve as a consultant to the Department of Defense and frequently publishes opinion pieces on a range of national security topics.