Dr. Kathleen Hicks is senior vice president, Henry A. Kissinger Chair, and Director of the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She served in the Obama administration as Principal Deputy under Secretary of Defense for Policy and Deputy under Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Forces. She led the development of the 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance and the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review. She also oversaw DoD contingency and theater campaign planning.
A frequent writer and lecturer on national security and defense matters, Dr. Hicks is concurrently the Donald Marron Scholar at the Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She serves on the boards of advisors for the Truman Centerand Soldier Strong and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She served on the National Commission on the Future of the Army and currently serves on the Commission on the National Defense Strategy.
Dr. Hicks holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is the recipient of distinguished service awards from three secretaries of defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and received the 2011 DoD Senior Professional Women’s Association Excellence in Leadership Award.