Whitney Kassel currently serves as Assistant for Counterterrorism Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations, Low Intensity Conflict, and Interdependent Capabilities (ASD SO/LIC&IC) within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (OSD-Policy). Prior to joining SO/LIC&IC, Whitney was a Presidential Management Fellow in OSD-Policy, working Pakistan and Afghanistan issues in the Pentagon and, from August 2009 to April 2010, in Islamabad, Pakistan. In summer 2009, Whitney represented OSD-Policy on General Stanley McChrystal's Strategic Assessment Team in Afghanistan.
Prior to joining DoD, Whitney worked as a Research Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and with the Polish-Ukrainian Cooperation Foundation in Kyiv, Ukraine. She has published articles in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, The Baltimore Sun, and The Atlantic (Online). Whitney holds a Masters degree in International Affairs and Economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College with a B.A. in Political Science.