WASHINGTON, February 7, 2020: The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is pleased to announce that Kari A. Bingen, former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, will join the Center as a non-resident senior adviser with the International Security Program.
“Kari has served the United States admirably in both the Department of Defense and in the halls of Congress. She will rely on her proven track record of leadership and insights at the intersection of defense and intelligence to inform a wider range of our programming,” said Kathleen H. Hicks, senior vice president, Henry A. Kissinger Chair, and director of the International Security Program. “We are thrilled to have her on board.”
In her role as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Ms. Bingen was the principal intelligence, counterintelligence, and security adviser to the Secretary of Defense and exercised the Secretary’s authority over the Defense Intelligence Agency, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, National Security Agency, and Defense Security Service. She began the realignment of the defense intelligence enterprise to address near-peer competitors and threats, managed an annual budget of over $54 billion, and oversaw the defense intelligence workforce of more than 120,000 personnel.
From 2013 to 2017, Ms. Bingen served as the House Armed Services Committee policy director, where she managed a team that oversaw U.S. defense policy, strategy, posture, and budget as well as regional policy issues. From 2006 to 2011, Ms. Bingen served as staff lead for the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, where she advised members conducting oversight of military intelligence programs, military space operations, missile defense, and the nuclear security enterprise of the Department of Defense and Department of Energy.
Prior to entering government, Ms. Bingen was employed with SRA International’s Adroit C4ISR Center as a space systems analyst. She also served as a senior space policy analyst at the Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy. She is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in aeronautics and astronautics and a 2002 National Reconnaissance Office Technology Fellow.