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Dr. Annette L. Sobel MD MS

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Local Address: Columbia, Missouri, United States
University of Missouri
One University Blvd.
St. Louis , Missouri 63121
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  • BS , chemistry , biochemistry and computer science
  • BS
    Rutgers University's Cook College
  • MD degree
    Case Western Reserve University
  • MD
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DefenseLink News: News Article, 20 Oct 2006 [cached]
Annette Sobel, director of intelligence for the National Guard Bureau and an instructor for the high school program, said that grassroots initiatives like this are essential to national security and homeland defense.Sobel got involved with the program through her civilian job as a national security analyst at Sandia Labs in New Mexico.Through her National Guard affiliation, she was able to show the students the state emergency operations center and give them an idea of what happens in a disaster scenario, she said.
"Initially, the kids were kind of wondering how this was going to help them," Sobel said."Then they started realizing it helped them not only in understanding how they can play an active role as citizens and potentially as citizen-soldiers, … they also began to understand the vulnerabilities of the communities in which they live and they wanted to protect.So they took on more of an ownership role, than just a passive role of ‘The government's going to do things for me.'"
Even if the students involved in this program don't go on to careers related to national security, this experience gives them confidence and a clear understanding of the threats facing the country, Sobel said.
Family Security Matters, 4 Feb 2007 [cached]
Dr. Annette Sobel, Senior Medical Examiner for the FAA; Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories; Director Homeland Security, State of New Mexico. (read more)
Albuquerque Tribune Online, 14 July 2003 [cached]
New Mexico's new homeland security director, Annette Sobel, wants to start her new job with teaching.
Sobel, who was appointed by Gov.
"I want to know how people feel about the war on terror," Sobel said."I can't do my job unless I understand how the community thinks and how they will respond in a crisis."
Sobel is a medical doctor and a national security analyst for Sandia National Laboratories.She's also a brigadier general in the Air National Guard.
"That's been a very interesting job," she said."I'm one of the few women who hold that title."
She has organized several counterterrorism conferences in New Mexico over the past 10 years and is an expert in fighting bioterrorism.
Richardson asked Sandia President C. Paul Robinson to loan Sobel to the state to fill the position after former director R. L. Stockard resigned, Sobel said.
"Jobwise, I don't think there will be a big difference in the substance of what I do for the state and what I have been doing for Sandia," Sobel said."I'll just spend more time leveraging my national ties and networking to build a substantive security and educational outreach program in New Mexico."
Sobel will continue working for the labs part time for the next three months as she shifts into the position.She says she still has a lot to learn about the state homeland security office and the details of state response plans before she will make changes, if they're needed.
"I know a lot about biological problems and health issues," she said."I also know a lot about the complexities of military response plans, but there are still several areas I'm learning about."
Her first goal will be to build an educational outreach program, where members of the Homeland Security Department will talk to people about their fears of terrorist attacks with smallpox, dirty bombs and other devices.The program will teach people the reality of those threats and how to react if a problem occurs, Sobel said.
"Educational outreach is the first thing on my list," she said.
"We need to look at new areas were we can compete for money," Sobel said.
Changing Technologies: Homeland security: more important and more complex, 27 July 2004 [cached]
Brigadier general Annette Sobel
Brigadier general Annette Sobel, MD: a varied career at Sandia National Labs.
Brig gen Annette Sobel, MD: a career in security at Sandia
Annette Sobel
Annette Sobel
Annette Sobel, MD, who has a BS in chemistry, biochemistry and computer science, is a brigadier general in the New Mexico Air National Guard and a flight surgeon.She recently completed a year-and-a-half assignment as director of the New Mexico Office of Homeland Security, on loan from Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM), the multi-program lab that specializes in national defense, energy and environmental projects.
Sobel headed up the office from July 2003 until January 2005.
That was only part of her busy schedule.As part of her military duties she's been intelligence director for the National Guard Bureau (Arlington, VA) since June 2003.She's also an adjunct faculty member in EE, computer engineering and biology at the University of New Mexico, and a member of tech staff at Sandia in technical program project management and planning.
At the New Mexico homeland security office, Sobel's staff was "small, lean and highly functional," she says, and helped out by "a lot of patriotic people in our state, including a lot of excellent scientists in the labs."Sobel's role included oversight of cyber security, protecting electronic information systems and state assets.
Sobel started as a physician in Sandia's medical department, but soon moved to the technical side of the labs.Her work has focused on national security and human factors/systems development, including developing countermeasures to biological threats.
She graduated from Rutgers University's Cook College (New Brunswick, NJ) in 1979 with a BS in chemical, biochemical and computer science.She deferred her ROTC obligation while she went to med school, getting her MD degree from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH) in 1983.She interned in the Duke University (Durham, NC) family medicine program from 1983 to 1986.
Then she went into the military, serving at Fort Bragg, NC.Instead of a rookie, the Air Force got a qualified flight surgeon, and Sobel became the first woman commander of Fort Bragg's medical holding company, supervising soldiers and responsible for its ob/gyn nursing school and EMT/paramedic training.She also spent time with the military in Central America and Panama.
From 1991 to 1994 Sobel was chief of aerospace medicine for the 178th medical squadron of the Ohio Air National Guard.She moved to the New Mexico Air National Guard in 1995 as commander of a medical squadron.In 1998 she went on to be the state's air surgeon.
In 2000 she became assistant for weapons of mass destruction and civil support to the chief of the National Guard Bureau (Arlington, VA), and later intelligence director.In July 2003 she moved back to New Mexico as director of its homeland security office and deputy secretary for emergency services in the department of public safety. The Online News Source for Los Alamos, 30 Nov 2004 [cached]
Annette Sobel, appointed as deputy secretary of emergency services on Dec. 5, 2003, oversees the office of emergency management and serves as the governor's director of homeland security and director of intelligence of the National Guard bureau.
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