Sina Beaghley is a senior international/defense policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. She focuses on national security policy issues including counterterrorism, cyber, and surveillance and privacy. Prior to RAND, she served in the federal government for more than a decade where she most recently served as director for Intelligence and Information Security on the National Security Council (NSC). In that capacity, she coordinated the U.S. government review of intelligence capabilities and priorities in response to widespread 2013-2014 unauthorized disclosures, and provided recommendations to the President and National Security Advisor on foreign relations and intelligence posture and policy. Prior to that, Beaghley served as the chief for Near East and Africa planning at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) where she directed the development of national-level counterterrorism plans. Prior to that she served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) where she developed defense policy for special operations, counterterrorism, cyber operations, and defense activities. She also deployed to Iraq as a planner with a Joint Task Force that conducted military operations in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Before OSD, Beaghley worked at the Department of Homeland Security as special assistant to the under secretary for Science and Technology. She entered government service as a research assistant for the Treasury Department's Office of Terrorism and Violent Crimes, supporting efforts to counter terrorist financing. Beaghley holds an M.A. in international affairs from the George Washington University and a B.A. in political science and media communications from the University of San Diego.