Zachary Mears

Adjunct Senior Fellow, Defense Strategies and Assessments Program

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Zachary Mears is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He is also the Assistant Vice President for National Security Programs and Research at The Ohio State University, and a senior advisor to the Battelle Memorial Institute and Covington and Burling, LLP.

While serving in the U.S. Department of Defense, Dr. Mears advised the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense on national priorities and managed their implementation. He also served as the director of the Advanced Capability and Deterrence Panel and led the development of the Third Offset Strategy, which aims to identify new organizational and operational concepts and new capabilities to improve the United States’ military advantage. Dr. Mears also advised the Defense Innovation Unit–Experimental, which is building bridges between the Pentagon and the high technology centers in Silicon Valley, Boston, and Austin.

Prior to these appointments, Dr. Mears served as the director for strategic planning for the National Security Council, where he co-authored the 2015 National Security Strategy. He also worked as a senior defense analyst for Scitor Corporation and as a senior consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton.

Dr. Mears received his bachelors degree in political science from the University of Tennessee, and his masters and doctorate in political science from The Ohio State University.

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