2021 Next Gen National Security Fellow
U.S. Marine Corps
Major Elle Ekman is a Marine Corps logistics officer and operations research analyst currently serving as the Aide-de-Camp to the Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics at Headquarters Marine Corps.
Elle began her career in Okinawa, Japan, holding a variety of jobs leading Marines. She supported tactical level exercises across the Indo-Pacific, and deployed to the Republic of the Philippines as part of Operation Damayan’s humanitarian relief efforts. After completing a degree in operations research at the Naval Postgraduate School, Elle spent two years conducting analysis to identify future Marine Corps capabilities, specifically related to unmanned systems and aviation ground support, and supported Marine Corps wargaming and experimentation. She transferred to the Pentagon in 2019 to work on a team leveraging data to modernize ground equipment maintenance processes, and provided decision-making support to Marine leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Elle graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2011 and from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2017 where her thesis work focused on modeling concepts of sustainment for unmanned logistics systems. She has been published in Proceedings, The Marine Corps Gazette, and The New York Times on topics related to military maintenance and supply chains.