Christine Wormuth

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Director, International Security and Defense Policy Center; Senior Fellow
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M.P.P. in public policy, University of Maryland; B.A. in political science, Williams College

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Christine Wormuth is director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center and a senior fellow at the RAND Corporation. She is a frequent writer and speaker on foreign policy, national security, and homeland security issues. Prior to joining RAND, she was Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (USDP) at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) from 2014 to 2016. In that role, she advised both Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary Ash Carter on the full range of regional and functional national security issues. As USDP she frequently represented DoD at the White House and spent considerable time on the counter-ISIS campaign, the rebalance to Asia, counterterrorism operations, and U.S. defense relations with countries in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

From 2012 to 2014, Wormuth was Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for strategy, plans, and forces, and led the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review. She served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Defense at the National Security Council (NSC) from December 2010 until August 2012, where she was the primary liaison from NSC to the Pentagon on defense issues. She holds an M.P.P. from the University of Maryland.

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Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Security Studies Program;



Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Center for Strategic and International Studies


  • U.S. Marines install concertina wire along the top of the primary border wall at the port of entry next to Tijuana, Meico, in San Ysidro, San Diego, U.S., November 9, 2018

    The U.S. Military's Border Enforcement Role

    The Trump administration announced a deployment of at least 5,200 active-duty troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. Is a military response of this size needed to address the situation on the southern border?

    Nov 19, 2018 The Cipher Brief