March 29, 2021

CNAS Names Kate Kuzminski Senior Fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program

Washington, March 29, 2021—The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is pleased to announce that Kate Kuzminski has been named Senior Fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program. Ms. Kuzminski returns to CNAS from the RAND Corporation where she was a Political Scientist researching military personnel policy.

“Kate has made significant contributions to policy in the veterans, military personnel and other areas,” said CNAS CEO Richard Fontaine. “Under her direction, the Military, Veterans, and Society Program will work to strengthen America’s military force, support the veteran and military family community, and inform civil-military dialogue. I am thrilled to welcome Kate back to CNAS.”

During her time at RAND, Ms. Kuzminski led research teams examining officer personnel management, reserve component transition issues, senior officer selection and development, military culture, and ground force capability development. Her research specializations include DoD institutional and organizational design and management; military recruitment, retention, and talent management policy; veteran and military family issues; and civil-military relations.

From 2013 to 2017, Ms. Kuzminski served as a Research Associate, Bacevich Fellow, and Fellow in the CNAS Military, Veterans, and Society Program. She also led the CNAS Women in National Security research portfolio and the Rebuilding the Bipartisan Defense Consensus Project and contributed to the development of the Veteran’s Data Project.

Ms. Kuzminski has testified before the Congressionally mandated National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service. Her research and analysis have been featured on NPR, BBC, Federal News Radio, the NBC Nightly News, The Washington Post, and Politico. She is completing her PhD in Security Studies from Kansas State University, where she earned her B.S. in Military History and an M.A. in Security Studies.

For more information or to request an interview with Ms. Kuzminski, contact Cole Stevens at or call 202-695-8166.