Kari Bingen Joins CSIS as Senior Fellow and Director of the Aerospace Security Project

WASHINGTON, August 30, 2022: The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is pleased to announce that the Honorable Kari A. Bingen, former deputy under secretary of defense for intelligence and security, has joined CSIS as senior fellow and director of the Aerospace Security Project.

Kari has served effectively in critical roles at the Department of Defense and in the halls of Congress, as well as in the private sector. She has cultivated and demonstrated leadership and expertise that will bolster CSIS's core purpose of defining the future of national security,” said John J. Hamre, president and CEO of CSIS. “I am delighted that Kari will now join us as senior fellow and director of the CSIS Aerospace Security Project.”

Immediately prior to joining CSIS, Ms. Bingen was chief strategy officer at HawkEye 360, a satellite and geospatial analytics company. She previously served as the deputy under secretary of defense for intelligence and security from May 2017 to January 2020. In this role, Ms. Bingen supported the secretary of defense in directing and setting priorities across the Department of Defense’s intelligence and security enterprises, which include the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the National Reconnaissance Office. She also served as the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) policy director from 2013 to 2017 and supported the Strategic Forces subcommittee of the HASC from 2006 to 2011. In these roles, Ms. Bingen advised committee members who oversaw military intelligence programs and military space operations, among other enterprises.

Before she entered government, Ms. Bingen was a senior space policy analyst at the Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy, as well as a space systems analyst at the Adroit C4ISR Center of Systems Research and Applications Corporation. She has been a non-resident senior adviser with CSIS’s International Security Program since 2020, was a commissioner on CSIS’s 2020 Technology and Intelligence Task Force, and is a member of U.S. Strategic Command’s Strategic Advisory Group.

“Kari brings to CSIS an exceptional background on space, intelligence, and broader defense issues from her time in industry, at the Pentagon, and on Capitol Hill,” said Seth G. Jones, senior vice president and director of the International Security Program at CSIS.

Ms. Bingen holds a degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is an adjunct assistant professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies.