Bold. Innovative. Bipartisan.
Bold. Innovative. Bipartisan.
Kelley Sayler is an Associate Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where she works with the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program and the 20YY Warfare Initiative.
Ms. Sayler’s recent CNAS publications include Battlefields and Boardrooms: Women's Leadership in the Military and the Private Sector; Creative Disruption: Technology, Strategy, and the Future of the Global Defense Industry; Building Better Generals; and Game Changers: Disruptive Technology, and U.S. Defense Strategy. Her writing has also appeared in The National Interest, CNN.com, Defense News, and War on the Rocks, among others.
Prior to joining CNAS, Ms. Sayler was a Research Associate with the Defense and National Security Group at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where her work focused on the international security environment and defense strategy and policy. She previously interned with CSIS’ Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) and wrote extensively on U.S. nuclear policy for the PONI Debates the Issues blog.
Ms. Sayler holds an M.A. in International Relations from Baylor University, where she was named the Richard D. Huff Distinguished Master's Student in Political Science, and a B.A. in Letters and Sociology-Criminology from the University of Oklahoma, where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She is a member of The Foreign Policy Initiative’s 2014-2015 Future Leaders Program.
In this paper, CNAS Associate Fellow Kelley Sayler analyzes the proliferation of unmanned systems—particularly UAVs—within the framework of the increasingly contentious issue of area-denial/anti-access weapon systems in the Asia-Pacific.Read More
Paul Scharre and Kelley Sayler of CNAS’ Ethical Autonomy Project examine how autonomy is used in current and future weapons and prospects for human control.Read More
Associate Fellow Kelley Sayler examines the short-, medium-, and long-range threats to the carrier – including SAMs and other anti-access/area denial capabilities, in which China is investing heavily – and concludes that U.S. carriers will not be able to act with impunity in the event of future conflict.Read More
Associate Fellow Kelley Sayler examines the proliferation of drones to states, non-state actors, and individuals. The report also outlines the various types of drones and what capabilities each enables, as well as the security implications – from cross-border operations to overmatch against U.S. forces – of a drone-saturated world.Read More
CNAS experts Paul Scharre, Michael Horowitz, and Kelley Sayler provide a pimer for UN delegates on autuomous weapons.Read More
Research Associate Kelley Sayler explores nanotechnology and U.S. military power as an excerpt of the American Foreign Policy Council's "Defense Dossier."Read More
Dr. Nora Bensahel, LTG David W. Barno, USA (Ret.), Katherine Kidder, and Kelley Sayler examine the career paths of professional women through the ranks of the U.S. military and private sector.Read More
CNAS experts Michael Horowitz, Paul Scharre and Kelley Sayler examine the issues facing U.N. delegates, along with recommendations for action.Read More
Technology and National Security Program Director Ben FitzGerald and Research Associate Kelley Sayler highlight the "growing disconnect" between Defense Department (DOD) needs and what the existing business climate and acquisition strategy and structures are able to provide.Read More
In an article publised by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Research Associate Kelley Sayler weighs in on preparing the U.S. military for "an uncertain future."Read More
Senior fellows Kelley Sayler and Paul Scharre discuss the benefits of having unmanned B-21 Bombers in The Fiscal Times.Read More
CNAS experts Paul Scharre and Kelley Sayler have written a press note on autonomous weapons at the United Nations.Read More
The Washington Post features a new report on U.S. aircraft carriers by Defense Strategies and Assessments Associate Fellow Kelley Sayler.Read More
With the FY 2017 Defense Budget set to drop this week and Secretary Carter having outlined budget last week, ten CNAS experts have provided insight into the key items to look for in the budget.Read More
Associate Fellow Kelley Sayler and Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Technology and National Security Research Program Michael Horowitz discuss the uses of drones in Bloomberg.Read More
Senior Fellow and Director of the 20YY Warfare Initiative Paul Scharre and Associate Fellow Kelley Sayler are interviewed on their report focused on proliferated drones in National Defense Magazine.Read More
Associate Fellow Kelley Sayler discusses exemptions given by the FAA for drone usage in the United States in The Christian Science Monitor.Read More
Associate Fellow Kelley Sayler discusses challenges to the Air Force due to the reduction in flight capacity in The Washington Post.Read More
Associate Fellow Kelley Sayler talks with Sydney Freedberg, Jr. at Breaking Defense regarding her report, "A World of Proliferated Drones: A Technology Primer."Read More
In McClatchy DC News, Associate Fellow Kelley Sayler weighs in on Sen. Marco Rubio's numbers on military strength.Read More
As both defensive and offensive platforms, unmanned aircraft have a lot more potential when working in groups known as swarms.Kelley Sayler, associate fellow and defense analyst at the Center for a New American Security, offers insight on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.Read More
President and Chief Executive Officer of Textron, Ellen Lord, Chief Executive Officer of Finmeccanica North America and DRS Technologies, Inc. William J. Lynn, Senior Fellow Paul Scharre, Senior Fellow Ben FitzGerald, and Associate Fellow Kelley Sayler discuss the use of drones and advances in their technology.Read More