Achievement in Liberal Arts – Reunion 2008
Paul Boren loves public and community service, and working in national security. He says he owes his success to a liberal arts education, which taught him to think and communicate in a variety of situations, and to appreciate the arts.
After Paul graduated cum laude with honors in history, double majoring in history and political science, he went on to George Washington University (M.A. 1984), American University, National Defense University, and Defense Acquisition University.
Paul has had a 25-year Department of Defense career dedicated to national security, with emphasis on combating weapons of mass destruction (WMD). His jobs included arms control, international disarmament, non-proliferation, strategy, construction, program management, international development, and supporting combatant commanders. From 1992 to 2006, he worked cooperatively with other countries to secure or eliminate nuclear storage bunkers, bio labs, strategic bombers, submarines, and cruise and ballistic missiles. He helped secure Russian nuclear weapons and destroy bio-agents in the former Soviet Union, constructed chemical demilitarization and missile elimination plants, built over 1000 housing units in Ukraine and Belarus to help demobilize the 43rd Strategic Rocket Army (the largest nuclear force aimed at the United States), converted over 20 WMD firms into commercial fields, and negotiated with commercial, political and military leaders.
Paul is currently deputy associate director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, where he provides planning, assessments, and technical support for combatant commanders and other government agencies as they combat WMD around the world.
Paul is committed to Drew and to community service. In 2004 he was the first alumnus to speak at Drew’s Janet T. Siler International Affairs Forum, and two years later became the first alumnus to teach at Alumni/ae College. Also in 2006, he organized a reunion in London of Drew London semester students and faculty. He has served Drew as class secretary, on Reunion Committees, and in Alumni/ae in Admissions and other Drew posts. At home in Vienna, Virginia, he has led and volunteered in Scouting, sports, theatre, and many other community efforts.
Paul is very happily married to Drew classmate, Marla Friedman Boren (C78), and they are incredibly proud of their two sons. David (24) and Mike (18), grew up thinking it was absolutely normal for Dad to go to Siberia or Belarus for a week or two, as long as he made it back in time for the Cub Scout meeting. After all, Dad was the Den Leader, and that’s a really important job.