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February 4, 2014

Johns Hopkins APL Names Dick Weaver Chief Security Officer

APL Chief Security Officer Dick Weaver
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In a move designed to strengthen its overall security program, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory has appointed Richard “Dick” Weaver, former member of the defense intelligence senior executive service with the National Security Agency, as its first chief security officer.

Weaver, a nationally known security expert, joined APL as a special advisor in March 2013 following a distinguished career managing government security programs.

For more than a decade prior to leaving federal service, he served as chief of the Office of Physical Security and Antiterrorism/Force Protection at NSA. In that position, he also was responsible for NSA’s industrial security program.

In his new role, Weaver will strengthen and align the various components of APL’s overall security program, including physical security, security services and special security functions. He will also identify and prepare the Laboratory to address a wide range of new and emerging security concerns.

“We are pleased to welcome Dick as the new leader of our security organization,” said Ralph Semmel, director of APL. “Security at the Laboratory has always been among our highest priorities. Adding Dick’s experience and leadership will further enable us to enhance our security posture.”

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