Women in Science and Engineering

Operational Analyst, NATO Headquarters Supreme Allied Command Transformation

Dr. Bianca Barbu

Dr. Bianca Barbu works as an Operational Analyst, in the Operational Analysis Branch at NATO Headquarters Supreme Allied Command Transformation (HQ SACT) in Norfolk, VA. She employs a combination of defense analysis, experiments and parallel studies to understand the context of NATO’s operational problems, the associated war-fighting impact of implementing various solutions, and the requirements for new capabilities. Her work is dedicated to bringing modern science and technology to bear on defense problems and finding feasible courses of action, while generating information and evidence of the benefits and other consequences that would follow the adoption and implementation of a given course of action. Since joining NATO HQ SACT, she played a vital role in providing analytical and experiment design support on a variety of extremely critical topics, including Autonomy, Innovation, Policing, Countering Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IED), Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Weapons Counter Proliferation, Joint Planning Execution and Coordination Tools, Business Process Models to address Operations Logistics Chain Management Systems, Comprehensive Civil-Military Legal Overview Systems and Civil Military Fusion, Red Teaming and Alternative Analysis, Strategic Communications and Human Intelligence, to name a few. She teaches Alternative Analysis and Concept Development and Experimentation at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany and has been a guest lecturer addressing Systemic Decision Making at Old Dominion University.

She possess a unique combination of credentials and experiences: a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Warwick, UK, a Master in Physics, a Bachelor in Mathematics and Physics and one in Teaching and Pedagogy, fluency in seven languages, diplomatic experience within the European Commission, UN and NATO, experience in understanding the sociological, political, and diplomatic dimensions to a wide range of military problems and issues, and experience in applying analytical skills and techniques to support the strategic objectives of the organizations she is supporting.