Clayton Swope Joins CSIS as Deputy Director of Aerospace Security Project and Senior Fellow with International Security Program

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 5, 2023 – The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) today announced that Clayton Swope has joined CSIS as deputy director of the Aerospace Security Project and senior fellow with the International Security Program.

Swope brings more than twenty years of experience on national security, space, and technology from his time in industry and government. He will play an important role in expanding CSIS’s work and impact on U.S. national security, aerospace, and space policy development and strategy.

“The United States faces an increasingly complex and competitive strategic environment. Space and airpower, influenced by both government activities and commercial innovation, play a significant role in ensuring the national and economic security of the United States and our allies and partners,” said Kari A. Bingen, director of CSIS’s Aerospace Security Project. “Clayton has worked at the intersection of technology and policy across the executive branch, legislative branch, and industry. Informed by his wealth of experience and knowledge, Clayton will enrich our scholarship and extend our impact on the techno-security issues facing our nation. I am thrilled to welcome Clayton to CSIS.”

Before joining CSIS, Swope led national security and cybersecurity public policy for Amazon’s Project Kuiper, an initiative to increase global broadband access through a constellation of satellites in low Earth orbit. While at Amazon, he also worked on cloud policy issues.

Prior to his time at Amazon, Swope served as a senior advisor on national security, space, foreign affairs, and technology policy issues for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He also worked for more than fourteen years at the Central Intelligence Agency, serving largely in the Directorate of Science and Technology. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

The CSIS Aerospace Security Project is a trusted resource for policymakers, offering insightful thoughts and in-depth analyses on policy issues, operational concepts, technology trends, and economic drivers in the space and air domains. To learn more about CSIS’s Aerospace Security Project, visit here.

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