Lara Schmidt directs the Strategy, Policy, and Operations Program within the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC). She manages a research portfolio for DHS using methods such as data science and modeling, strategic planning, operations analysis, risk analysis, and expert elicitation. Over her career, Schmidt has focused on national security issues including: cybersecurity; cyber effects estimation; integration of cyber operations into campaign plans; threats to military missions and the associated risk to the warfighter; target development practices; approaches to resilient space operations; special operations and irregular warfare; and formalizing data collection to support planning for cyber operations. Schmidt serves on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and as a referee for several technical journals. She has held leadership positions with the American Statistical Association, including serving as the Chair of the Section on Statistics in Defense and National Security. Lara holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in mathematics and a Ph.D. in mathematical statistics.