Zhanna Malekos Smith

Senior Associate (Non-resident), Strategic Technologies Program and Aerospace Security Project

Zhanna L. Malekos Smith, JD, is a senior associate (non-resident) with the Strategic Technologies Program and the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), an assistant professor in the Department of Systems Engineering at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and an affiliate faculty member with the Modern War Institute. Prior to joining West Point, she was a professor of cyber warfare studies with the U.S. Air War College. A former captain and attorney in the U.S. Air Force’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Ms. Malekos Smith received her commission from the Reserve Officers' Training Corps program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was a cross-registered student and participated in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. She has held fellowships with the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs, the Belfer Center’s Cyber Security Project at the Harvard Kennedy School, Duke University Law School as the Reuben Everett cyber scholar, and Stanford University’s U.S.-Russia Forum. She writes in the areas of space, cybersecurity, emerging technologies, and international relations. Ms. Malekos Smith’s writing and commentary has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, POLITICO, Nature, The Hill, Physics Today, Lawfare, and Le Figaro. She received a BA in Russian and international relations from Wellesley College, an MA and Associateship of King's College (AKC) from King’s College London, Department of War Studies, and a JD from the University of California, Davis, where she pursued a self-concentration in cyberlaw. She serves as a volunteer consultant for Hostage US, a nonprofit that supports the families of Americans taken hostage abroad and hostages when they return home.