Global Security Initiative

About us

Cyber threats. Resource scarcity. Epidemics. Privacy in the age of big data.

These are wicked problems — security challenges that are global in scale, borderless by nature, interdependent and often have no clear solutions. These threats are driven by complex, interwoven sets of factors. They require a novel, more holistic approach centered on interdisciplinary research that spans the public, private and academic sectors.

GSI is ASU’s answer to those challenges. An initiative of ASU Knowledge Enterprise Development, we develop practical mission-relevant approaches and effective decision-oriented tools for policymakers and implementers, drawing upon our faculty’s expertise and connections with the defense, security and diplomacy communities. The goal is nothing short of enhanced national security and global impact.


Portrait of Nadya Bliss, Director

Nadya T. Bliss, director of the Global Security Initiative

Nadya T. Bliss leads ASU’s hub for interdisciplinary security research and primary interface with the defense, intelligence and homeland security communities. Prior to leading GSI, Bliss served as the assistant vice president, research strategy in ASU’s Knowledge Enterprise Development, and spent 10 years at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, most recently as the founding group leader of the Computing and Analytics Group.

Portrait of Jamie Winterton

Jamie Winterton, director of strategy

Jamie Winterton coordinates and participates in interdisciplinary defense and security-related research, particularly in cybersecurity, and chairs GSI’s DARPA Working Group. Prior to joining ASU, she worked as a staff scientist for Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Center, developing and directing projects in electro-optical and radar processing and analysis for multiple military and government organizations. Winterton has testified before the U.S. Senate on data breaches and commented on cybersecurity issues for USA Today, The Washington Post, Slate, The Christian Science Monitor, NPR and PBS. Winterton received her bachelor’s degree in physics from Arizona State University and her Master of Science in physics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Portrait of Wesley Herche

Wesley Herche, associate director of research

Wes Herche works with GSI researchers to identify new approaches to complex security challenges and serves as a primary point of contact for defense, security and intelligence officials. Before coming to ASU, Herche spent most of his career in the U.S. Defense and Intelligence Communities, including postings with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in Iraq, Japan and other locations. He earned his doctoral degree in sustainability at ASU's School of Sustainability with a dissertation focusing on policy, geospatial and market factors in the global renewable energy market. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management with a focus in international strategy, as well as a bachelor’s degree in geography from Southern Illinois University.

Exceptional people. Impactful ideas. Powerful relationships.


Diana Aguirre-Rosales

Business operations manager

Nate Evans

Operations manager

Scott Ruston

Research scientist

Shade Shutters

Research scientist

Nancy Cooke

Director, Center for Human, Artificial Intelligence, and Robot Teaming

Ross Maciejewski

Director, Center for Accelerating Operational Efficiency

Gail-Joon Ahn

Director, Center for Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics

Adam Doupé

Associate director, Center for Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics

Spring Berman

Associate director, Center for Human, Artificial Intelligence, and Robot Teaming