Shawn Brimley

Executive Vice President and Director of Studies

Shawn Brimley is Executive Vice President and Director of Studies at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) where he manages the center’s research agenda and staff. Mr. Brimley rejoined CNAS in late 2012 after serving at the White House as Director for Strategic Planning on the National Security Council staff. He also served as Special Advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy at the Pentagon from 2009 to 2011, where he focused on strategy development, force planning, and overseas basing and posture. He was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service.

Mr. Brimley was a founding member of CNAS in 2007 and was the inaugural recipient of the 1Lt. Andrew Bacevich Jr. Memorial Fellowship. He has also worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

Mr. Brimley's research interests focus on U.S. defense strategy and policy. He is a columnist at War on the Rocks, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and other outlets. He has testified before the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Educated at Queen’s University and George Washington University, Mr. Brimley lives in Washington D.C. with his wife and their three children.


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