Mr. Larry Wentz

Senior Research Fellow

Larry WentzPhone: 202-685-3914

Larry Wentz is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Defense University, Center for Technology and National Security Policy and for the past three years, has been a Senior Advisor to the Commander ISAF Senior Telecom Advisor and the supporting Telecom Advisory Team. In this role he has spent considerable time on the ground in Kabul at ISAF HQs and with Afghan Telecom and IT counterparts and in the field in Nanagahar, Paktika, Helmand, Kandahar, and Herat Provinces. He is an experienced manager, strategic planner, C4ISR systems engineer, author, and lecturer. In 2006 he visited Afghanistan to research Afghanistan Telecom and IT sector reconstruction and provided support to the Senior Telecom Advisor at the US Embassy, Kabul. During this time, he also spent time in Khost Province where he visited the ISAF Provincial Reconstruction Team as part of his research activities. His research has also taken him to Thailand in support of Myanmar relief effort, Geneva to work with UN OCHA and the ITU emergency telecom elements, Iraq to research the role of the Iraq Communications Coordination Element in support of Stability and Reconstruction, to Haiti to research information and communications support to Haiti earthquake recovery and reconstruction and more recently to Afghanistan to help set up and advise the office of the Senior Telecom Advisor to Commander ISAF. Before these activities, while on special assignments to the DoD Command and Control Research Program (CCRP) at NDU he spent time in Bosnia and Kosovo to research the role of information and communications in Stability Ops and authored two NDU/CCRP published books: Lessons from Bosnia: The IFOR Experience and Lessons from Kosovo: The KFOR Experience. Mr. Wentz has held the positions of Research Scientist at the George Mason University Center of Excellence in C3I, Vice President of Advanced Communication Systems-Washington Operations and Technical Director at the MITRE Corporation. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Monmouth College and a M.S. in Systems Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed the Executive Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School and the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security.


  • Team-Member Afghan Cybersecurity and ICT Capacity Development Projects
  • Project Leader Capability Development Framework (CDF)
  • Team-Member ISAF Telecoms Advisory Team (TAT)