Brad Carson has built a distinguished 20-year career in public service, law, and education. Mr. Carson deployed as an intelligence officer during Operation Iraqi Freedom and was awarded the Bronze Star for his service. Most recently, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to become the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel & Readiness. Acting in that capacity from March 2015 to April 2016, Mr. Carson oversaw the human resources, military readiness, training, and healthcare of the nearly 5 million service members and civilians within the Department of Defense and managed an internal organization of 30,000 employees. For his work reforming the Pentagon bureaucracy, he was hailed by military historian Richard Kohn as the most consequential and successful leader of Personnel & Readiness since its beginning in 1950. Rising quickly through the Pentagon hierarchy, Mr. Carson was selected just a year earlier to become the Under Secretary of the U.S. Army, where he managed the daily operations of the largest military service. Mr. Carson also served for two years as General Counsel of the U.S. Army.
Andrea Kendall-Taylor is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). She works on national security challenges facing the United States and Europe, focusing on populism and threats to democracy, the state of the Transatlantic alliance, and Russia.
Prior to joining CNAS, Andrea served for eight years as a senior intelligence officer. From 2015 to 2018, she was Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Russia and Eurasia at the National Intelligence Council (NIC) in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). In this role Andrea led the U.S. intelligence community’s strategic analysis on Russia, represented the IC in interagency policy meetings, provided analysis to the National Security Council, and briefed the DNI and other senior staff for White House and international meetings. Prior to joining the NIC, Andrea was a senior analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) where she worked on Russia and Eurasia, the political dynamics of autocracies, and democratic decline.
Andrea is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Her work has been published in numerous political science and policy journals, including the Journal of Peace Research, Democratization, Journal of Democracy, Foreign Affairs, the Washington Post, the Washington Quarterly, and Foreign Policy.
Andrea received her B.A. in politics from Princeton University and her Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. She was a Fulbright scholar in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, where she conducted dissertation research on oil and autocracy.
Mr. Roenicke has served as a Russia policy advisor within the U.S. Department of Defense for the past 25 years, and has served 7 Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate. He specializes in Russian political-military developments and their impacts on U.S. and NATO policy, plans, force structure and international cooperation initiatives. He provides Russia-related counsel to senior U.S. government officials and engages in policy and strategy formulation efforts in support of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Director, J-5.
In December 2011, Mr. Roenicke was selected to be the Director for Russia Affairs at the White House where he served as the principal director advising the President of the United States on Russia-related security, defense, and military matters. His areas of responsibility included issues associated with missile defense, strategic nuclear and conventional arms control, nonproliferation, counterproliferation, logistics support for Afghanistan, counterterrorism, counterpiracy, cybersecurity, and Arctic-related collaboration. His duties entailed planning, directing, and coordinating the implementation of policies and programs to enhance U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic interests.
From 1988 to 1997, he worked in support of the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the U.S. Air Force as a defense and arms control advisor with expertise in START, CFE, INF and ABM Treaty negotiation, compliance and implementation matters. Prior to this, he served on the staff of U.S. Senator Carl Levin where he researched and analyzed U.S. and NATO defense and foreign policy issues.
Mr. Roenicke has conducted educational seminars involving students from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Harvard University, Yale University, the National War College, and the George C. Marshall Center. He holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan in Russian and East European Studies, an M.A. from the George Washington University in Security Policy Studies, and an M.S. from the National Defense University in National Security Studies.
Mr. Roenicke’s professional awards include official letters of commendation from the President of the United States and the U.S. National Security Advisor, and selection for the DoD Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the National Security Staff Achievement Medal, the Joint Civilian Service Achievement Medal, the Joint Staff Special Act Award, the Joint Staff J-5 Civilian of the Year, and the Excellence in Writing Award from the National Defense University.
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