Ms. Kristen Pedersen, PhD
NUARI’s Vice President and Chief Research Officer. Dr. Pedersen is responsible for NUARI's portfolio of security contracts and research projects for DHS, DOD, NSA, and critical infrastructure organizations. She also oversees NUARI's Distributed Environment for Critical Infrastructure Decision-making Exercises (DECIDE®), and the development and delivery of cybersecurity and physical-threat focused exercises to test incident response protocol and improve the resiliency of various critical infrastructures. Her research areas include influence/information operations, frame analysis, human/cyber behavior, and strategic communication. She is an adjunct professor in Norwich University's Security Studies and Defense Analysis program and a former US Coast Guard Operations Specialist, television producer, and investigative researcher.