Donna Wilt, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist and Strategic Advisor


Dr. Donna Wilt serves as a Senior Scientist and Strategic Advisor with Noblis supporting DHS Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office as well as working other Noblis CBRN initiatives. She previously supported the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Nuclear Enterprise’s European office working Nuclear Surety issues. Prior to that she served as the Nuclear Forensics Federal Research and Development Program Manager for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Office of Research and Development.

Dr. Wilt has over 20 years of national security experience at the federal, contractor, and national laboratory level with programmatic and hands on experience across the spectrum of WMD production, use, disposal, detection, characterization, and countering / deterring efforts. Dr. Wilt specializes in coalition building and transforming strategies / program direction. She grounds decision making with an analytical approach built on understanding system opportunities and constraints and technical possibilities and limitations.

Dr. Wilt earned a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Northwestern University in Illinois and Post-Doc’d at the University of Marburg in Germany and Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. She is a graduate of Brookings Institute Senior Leadership training and subject-matter-expert courses related to understanding and mitigating proliferation threats. She has led her own US and international training initiatives to prepare for and deter WMD threats. Her awards include the NNSA Defense Program Awards of Excellence and a DTRA Distinguished Civilian Service Medal.