Washington, D.C. June 1, 2022: SMI announces that Adrielle Churchill Wiese has joined the firm as a Vice President, where she will help lead SMI’s defense portfolio. Churchill Wiese is a seasoned national security professional, with experience in the Pentagon, White House and on Capitol Hill.

“Adrielle is a highly regarded national security expert who has worked on many challenging defense legislative and policy issues,” said Ken Wetzel, SMI’s Chief Operating Officer. “Her experience as a leader and advisor to policymakers within the executive branch and Congress makes her extremely well-suited to help SMI’s clients better understand the needs of the Department of Defense. We’re very excited to have her join the SMI team and know that she will make an impact immediately.”

Churchill Wiese was most recently a Vice President at American Global Strategies. Prior to working for AGS, she was a Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of Legislative Affairs at the National Security Council. Before working in the White House, Adrielle served as an Attorney Advisor within the Department of Defense’s Office of the General Counsel, Director for Strategic Outreach within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, and the Team Chief for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L) with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs. She began her career on Capitol Hill, where she served as military legislative assistant to Congressman Steve Womack and managed his House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense assignment as well as his foreign affairs, transportation and housing, and interior/environment portfolios before becoming the Congressman’s Legislative Director.

Adrielle earned a B.A. in Political Science and Latin American Studies from the University of Arkansas and is a licensed attorney with a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas School of Law.

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