Kristen Hajduk

Next Generation National Security Fellow, 2016

Department of Defense

Kristen R. Hajduk is the Advisor for Special Operations and Irregular Warfare in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict and a research associate for the Institute for Defense Analyses. Ms. Hajduk provides technical oversight and advice to U.S. Special Operations Command, advocates for Special Operations policies within the Department of Defense, and responds to legislative requests. Her past research has included nuclear policy, strategic wargaming, operational analyses, continuity of government policies, NATO planning, and gender integration policies in the military. From 2008 to 2010, Ms. Hajduk worked at the Homeland Security Studies and Analyses Institute, where she provided on-site support to the Department of Homeland Security Office of Policy for the first-ever Quadrennial Homeland Security Review. Ms. Hajduk was the co-founder of the No Exceptions initiative and is a Defense Council Member of the Truman National Security Project.

Ms. Hajduk received her Master’s degree from the University of Chicago. Ms. Hajduk has interned for the Chicago Policy Review, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the Geneva Center for Security Policy, and the National Defense University. Kristen volunteers at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is a native Texan.