DOD-honored security expert and policy-maker George Menas dies

DOD-honored security expert and policy-maker George Menas dies

George E. Menas, an expert in technology security policy for the Defense Department, died last month after a battle with cancer. He was 53.

Menas, a native of West Virginia, was deputy director of technology security at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. He had been recognized for significant contributions to national security as a Russian expert, policy adviser, negotiator and security advocate.

At DTRA, he helped develop U.S. technology security policy for adapting national and international export controls. He was a senior DOD member of U.S. delegations to international security policy negotiations.

Menas had been awarded the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award.

He previously had been the acting deputy director of the Defense Technology Service Administration and DTSA's assistant director for policy planning.

He had worked for Defense since 1984 and from 1990 to 1995 was director of the Policy Directorate for DTSA.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Whiteley Menas, a son and several other family members.

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