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Anne Gruner

Anne Gruner

Anne Gruner is the Vice President and co-owner of J.K. Gruner and Associates, Ltd, a consultancy specializing in global business intelligence, risk management, investigations, and problem solving.

Ms. Gruner was a career Intelligence Officer at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), where she specialized in the former Soviet Union, arms control treaties and negotiations, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Working during the height of the Cold War until the collapse of the Soviet Union, she rose to Senior Executive Level-4 (SIS-4). She spent 15 years in management positions of increasing responsibility from small units to offices of hundreds of personnel, serving as Deputy Director of the Weapons Intelligence, Non-Proliferation, and Arms Control Center (WINPAC), Deputy Chief of the Arms Control and Intelligence Staff (ACIS), Deputy Chief of the Russia Analysis Group, and Chief of the Soviet Security Forces Division.

Ms. Gruner represented the Intelligence Community at National Security Council and Senior Interagency meetings, and served as an advisor to Ambassador John Bolton in negotiating the Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty signed by President George W. Bush and Russian President Putin in 2002. Ms. Gruner oversaw finished intelligence on the nuclear balance and threat, the security of Russian nuclear weapons and fissile material, the destruction and consolidation of Russian nuclear forces, the transfer of Russian nuclear and missile technology, the danger of unauthorized launch of nuclear weapons, and the regional conflicts in Chechnya, Armenia-Azerbaijan, and Abkhazia-Georgia.

Ms. Gruner lived and worked abroad for five years, serving in the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France and on the U.S. delegation to the U.S.-Soviet Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty Negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland. She has travelled extensively in Europe and in the former Soviet Union.

Ms. Gruner retired early from the CIA with the Distinguished Intelligence Medal in order to attend the Georgetown University Law Center, where she obtained her Juris Doctor in 2006. She then served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gaylord L. Finch, Jr. of Fairfax County Circuit Court and subsequently practiced family law at Fite, O’Brien and Anderson, LLP. During law school she was a summer Associate at Troutman Sanders, LLP and a legal intern at Northrop Grumman Corporation/Tasc, Inc.

Ms. Gruner has a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University, a Master of Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

She lives in McLean with her husband, Jerry and their two golden retrievers.