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Women in Science and Engineering Symposium

Army War College, Office of the Director of National Intelligence Fellow

Colonel Tina Schoenberger

COL Tina Schoenberger is currently an Army War College, Office of the Director of National Intelligence Fellow with duty at the National Counterproliferation and Biosecurity Center.  

COL Schoenberger’s most recent assignment was the Plans, Integration and Assessments Division Chief for USSOCOM J10- Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Directorate.  This directorate executes the Coordinating Authority for CWMD for CDRUSSOCOM.  She led CWMD planning support for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Geographical (GCCs) and Functional Combatant Commands (FCCs) for campaign, contingency and crisis action planning to include the SECDEF's Functional Campaign Plan for CWMD.   She led the execution of the annual CWMD Assessment in order to make recommendations for readiness and capability improvement to the SECDEF(2020 - 2022) 

In her previous assignment, COL Schoenberger served as a J5 Division Chief at the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).  She was also a J5 Branch Chief, and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) liaison officer to JSOC. (2014 – 2020)

COL Schoenberger was the Military Assistant to the Deputy Director of DTRA, a Combat Support and Defense Support Agency while serving at the U.S. Strategic Command’s Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (SCC-CWMD).  As a strategic planner assigned to the SCC-CWMD, in the J55 Deliberate Plans Department, she provided CWMD planning support to the OSD, Joint Staff, GCCs and FCCs and directly contributed to the development of the USSTRATCOM Global Campaign Plan for CWMD. She was a key planner in the Regional Contingency Team (RCT-1) that led planning efforts in support of the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, Department of State, and the National Security Staff, Syria Chemical Weapons destruction and elimination mission. (2011-2014)  

COL Schoenberger served as the J3 Science Advisor and primary subject matter expert (SME) leading the fielding of the Weapons of Mass Destruction – Civil Support Team (WMD-CST) up-graded Analytical Laboratory System (ALS) at the National Guard Bureau (NGB).  She represented the NGB for Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS) Milestones Decisions in coordination with the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) and Joint Program Executive Office to field the CSTs procedures, protocols and techniques for all analytical system components.  As the program manager, she developed analytical standardization and proficiency testing for the ALS under ISO 17025 accreditation. She partnered with civilian, federal, and military agencies and leaders to develop realistic exercises to prepare for domestic operations. (2006-2011) 

COL Tina Schoenberger operated and maintained the ALS as the Nuclear Medical Science Officer for the 62nd Weapons of Mass Destruction – Civil Support Team in Louisiana used for the detection and presumptive identification of suspect chemical, biological and radiological agents. She conducted multiple domestic operations, exercises and training events which included National Special Security Events (NSSEs), and suspect anthrax incidents with local and state police and responders. (1999-2003)

Education and Fellows:

2018: Senior Executive Women’s Leadership Program participant, Darden Executive Program at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. 

2014: Fellow in the Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity initiative (ELBI) Fellowship program, an initiative of the Center for Biosecurity of Pittsburgh Medical Center for Health Security. 

2000: Master of Science in Biology with a concentration in molecular biology from Southeastern Louisiana University.

1996: Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in microbiology from Southeastern Louisiana University. 

Interviewed for the below publications:

Stuart, Tessa, “How Four Women Destroyed 1,200 Tons of Poison Gas – and Defused a Crisis,” Rolling Stone, February 27, 2022

Warrick, Joby, “Red Line, The unraveling of Syria and America’s Race to Destroy the Most Dangerous Arsenal in the World,” First Anchor Books Edition, Feb 2022


Publications co-authored with Southeastern Louisiana University professors: 

Howard, Gary T., Main, Tina, and Vega, Rodney, E., “Cloning and expression in Escherichia coli of a polyurethane-degrading enzyme from Pseudomonas fluorescens,” International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, 43, pp. 49-55, 1999.”

Hilliard, Newton P., Howard, Gary T., Main, Tina and Ruiz, Carmen. “Purification and characterization of tow polyurethanase enzymes from Pseudomonas chlororaphis,” International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, 43, pp.43-47, 1999.