Staff

Andrew Hunter, Director, Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group and Senior Fellow, International Security Program:

Andrew Hunter is a senior fellow in the International Security Program and director of the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group at CSIS. From 2011 to 2014, he served as a senior executive in the Department of Defense, serving first as chief of staff to undersecretaries of defense (AT&L) Ashton B. Carter and Frank Kendall, before directing the Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell. From 2005 to 2011, Mr. Hunter served as a professional staff member of the House Armed Services Committee. Mr. Hunter holds an M.A. degree in applied economics from the Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in social studies from Harvard University.
 

Gregory Sanders, Deputy Director and Fellow:

Gregory Sanders is a deputy director and fellow with the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group (DIIG) at CSIS, where he manages a research team that analyzes data on U.S. government contract spending and other budget and acquisition issues. He employs data visualization and other ways to use complex data collections to create succinct and innovative tables, charts, and maps. His recent research focuses on contract spending by major government departments, contingency contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, and European and Asian defense budgets. This work requires management of data from a variety of databases, most notably the Federal Procurement Database System, and extensive cross-referencing of multiple budget data sources. In support of these goals, he employs SQL Server, as well as the statistical programming language R. Sanders holds an M.A. in international studies from the University of Denver and a B.A. in government and politics, as well as a B.S. in computer science, from the University of Maryland.
 

Rhys McCormick, Fellow:

Rhys McCormick is a fellow with the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group (DIIG) at CSIS. His work focuses on unmanned systems, global defense industrial base issues, and U.S. federal and defense contracting trends. Prior to working at DIIG, he interned at the Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy at CSIS and the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute at the U.S. Army War College. He holds an M.A. in security studies from Georgetown University and a B.S. in security and risk analysis from the Pennsylvania State University.
 

Won Joon Jang, Visiting Fellow:

Dr. Won Joon Jang is a visiting fellow with the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is also a research fellow with the Defense & Airspace Industry Research Center at the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade (KIET). He previously directed the defense industry research division at KIET and served as a defense sub-committee member at the National Science and Technology Advisory Committee. He is a member of numerous other defense-related boards in the South Korean government. Dr. Jang received his Ph.D. in economics from Seoul National University in 2005. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio at 1998 with an M.S. in logistics management.
 

Emma Bates, Program Manager and Research Associate:

Emma Bates is program manager and research associate for the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). This position follows two years in a similar role for the CSIS Brzezinski Institute’s Project on History and Strategy, where she managed all program initiatives and published research on U.S. grand strategy and national security. Emma has developed scenarios and managed crisis simulations for high-level external participants and moderated several panel events. Before joining CSIS, she spent three years working for universities and NGOs in Latin America and Spain. She holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.A. in international economics and American foreign policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.