Dain Hancock


Areas of Expertise: Asia-Pacific (Japan & Korea); Capabilities-Based Assessment; CBRN Passive Defense (Fixed-Site Operations); Countering WMD Policy, Strategy, & Doctrine; Defense Budgeting & Acquisition; WMD Defeat (Stand-Off Strike Operations)

Mr. Dain Hancock is a Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) at the National Defense University in Washington, DC.

Prior to joining the Center, Mr. Hancock spent over 10 years working on Air Force CWMD programs and projects.  Serving as a civilian at the Headquarters Air Force, his portfolio included oversight and management of the Service’s budget for the Counterproliferation and Arms Control Activities Programs.  In addition to program oversight, he contributed to the Service’s CWMD operational readiness efforts involving sortie generation in CBRN-contaminated environments.  He also tracked and advocated for the acquisition of capabilities required for stand-off defeat of WMD threats.  In the policy sphere, he conducted analyses including a CWMD-focused Policy Architecture Study identifying and de-conflicting functional roles and authorities associated with full-spectrum CWMD operations. 

Leading the development of products such as the Air Force’s CBRN Master Plan and capability development roadmaps; Doctrine Annex 3-40, Counter WMD Operations (in support of the Air Force’s LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education); CWMD Capability Gap Analysis Report; and CWMD Flight Plan (draft), Mr. Hancock’s efforts helped frame Service strategy, doctrine, and capabilities in the context of Joint CWMD activities and operations. 

Mr. Hancock received the Department of the Air Force Exemplary Civilian Service Award for budget oversight of Open Skies Treaty implementation.  He holds an MA in International Security from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies and BA degrees in Political Science and English from the University of California, Irvine.