Christopher Fenn

Research Trainee


Mr. Christopher Fenn is a Research Trainee at the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction (CSWMD) at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. Mr. Fenn’s research at CSWMD concentrates on the grounds for the biological and chemical weapons taboo and the ethical status of issues with cyber capabilities and social media relevant to the Department of Defense and national security. Mr. Fenn conducts CSWMD’s social media operations that are designed to educate the public on WMD history and promote the Center’s work.

Concurrent to this experience, Mr. Fenn graduated Magna Cum Laude and earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a concentration in US Foreign Policy and National Security from American University’s School of International Service in three years. Mr. Fenn earned additional honors as a Dean’s List honoree, member of American University’s Scholars Program, and inductee to Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society. While at CSWMD, Mr. Fenn completed the Department of State’s Virtual Student Federal Service Program (VSFSP) and earned additional civilian governmental and research experience as a Technology and Innovation Intern.

Mr. Fenn remained active on campus and served as the Managing Editor and Columnist for The American Agora, American University’s online forum for political commentary, represented American University at the Atlantic Council’s 2019 Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge, where his team reached the semifinals, and worked as a Supplemental Instructor for international economics.

Prior to CSWMD, Mr. Fenn served as a Research Intern for the Hudson Institute’s Center for Political-Military Analysis, where he conducted research and produced reports on the impact of ballistic missile defense (BMD) systems and weapons proliferation in the Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Middle East.