Morgan Dwyer is a fellow in the International Security Program and deputy director for policy analysis in the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). At CSIS, Dr. Dwyer focuses on issues at the intersection of technology and policy, including defense acquisition, organizational reform, space, and cyber. Prior to CSIS, from 2016-2019, Dr. Dwyer served as an analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Cost Assessment & Program Evaluation (OSD CAPE). At CAPE, she guided the Department of Defense’s (DoD) cyber investments through the programming and budgeting process and led department-wide strategic portfolio reviews to modernize DoD’s information operations, reconnaissance, and rapid acquisition capabilities. From 2014-2016, Dr. Dwyer worked as a technical advisor at the Aerospace Corporation, where she modeled spacecraft operations and characterized complex, system-level tradeoffs for the intelligence community.
In graduate school from 2010-2014, Dr. Dwyer researched the technical, organizational, and policy challenges that affect joint, interagency technology development programs. Before graduate school, from 2008-2010, she built satellites at Boeing. Dr. Dwyer holds a Ph.D. in technology, management, and policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford, and a B.S. in astronomy and physics from Yale. She also currently works as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University.