Kristen R. Hajduk
Adjunct Fellow (Non-resident), International Security Program
Expertise: Counterterrorism and Homeland Security, Defense Strategy and Capabilities, Defense and Security, Europe, Geopolitics and International Security, Long-Term Futures, Middle East, NATO, Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation
Associated Programs: International Security ProgramKristen Hajduk is an adjunct fellow with the International Security Program at CSIS, with expertise in counterterrorism, special operations, strategic war-gaming, and defense innovation policies. She is on rotation at the U.S. Department of Defense in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. She previously served as adviser to the assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict. She provided technical oversight and guidance to U.S. Special Operations Command, advocated for Special Operations policies within the Department of Defense, and supported legislative engagement. Prior to that, she conducted research for the Joint Staff-J8 and the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy on behalf of the Institute for Defense Analyses. From 2008 to 2010, she worked at the Homeland Security Studies and Analyses Institute, where she provided on-site support to the Department of Homeland Security Office of Policy for the first-ever Quadrennial Homeland Security Review. Ms. Hajduk was cofounder and codirector of the No Exceptions initiative and is a Center for a New American Security Next Generation National Security Leader. She received her master’s degree at the University of Chicago Harris School for Public Policy and her bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University.