Michael Clauser served as the National Security Legislative Assistant to U.S. Representative Mac Thornberry (R-TX), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in the 111th Congress. Prior to working on the Hill, Mr. Clauser proudly served in the Presidential Administration of George W. Bush in the Pentagon. He began his national security career in Washington, D.C. as a Research Associate for a top national security advisory firm. He has published articles on national security affairs in Small Wars Journal, the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, and the Political Studies Review. He holds Masters’ degrees from the University of Exeter in England and the Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Poznaniu in Poland and is a graduate candidate at the U.S. Naval War College. He completed his undergraduate work in philosophy and religion at Penn State. He is a proud Eagle Scout and native of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.