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2013-2014 National Security Fellows

Rich Anderson is an active duty U.S. Army officer and combat veteran that has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, earning two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. As a Platoon Leader with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment during a deployment to Mahmudiyah, Iraq in 2006, he led over 100 combat patrols throughout a hostile region commonly referred to as the “Triangle of Death.” Rich then served as the Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of Notre Dame. Following that assignment as an Army ROTC instructor, he deployed to eastern Afghanistan as the Battalion Fire Support Officer for an Attack Aviation unit within the 101st Airborne Division. He returned to Afghanistan in 2011 with the Screaming Eagles to take Battery Command of a 100-man firing battery located near the Afghan-Pakistan border. Following that deployment, Rich was selected to serve as an Army Congressional Fellow. As a member of this cohort of Army officers embedded into Congress, Rich’s mission has been to advise and work on matters pertaining to defense, homeland security, and veteran’s affairs. Since January 2013, Rich has served as the Defense Fellow for Senator James M. Inhofe (R-OK), and is scheduled to be assigned to the Army’s Senate Liaison Division in 2014. He graduated from Niagara University with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, and he holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University and a Master’s degree in Legislative Affairs from The George Washington University. He is a current student at the Naval War College, where is he pursuing a Master’s degree in National Security & Strategic Studies.  

Jonathan Arogeti is a Senior Legislative Assistant for Congressman John Barrow (D-GA). He is responsible for issues that include international relations, environment, commerce, manufacturing, trade, telecommunications, finance, civil rights, labor, transportation, and veterans.  Previously, he worked as a communications fellow at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee as a national field organizer. He graduated from the University of Georgia with Bachelor's degrees in history and Spanish.


Thomas (Todd) Appel is an Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton, where he has been supporting the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Directorate at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, as well as the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s (OSD) CTR-Policy Directorate at the Pentagon. In this capacity, he has assisted DoD with planning and implementation of a wide range of WMD nonproliferation efforts in the former Soviet Union and Southeast Asia, and has assisted OSD CTR-Policy with the development and coordination of CTR program strategies and legal frameworks for conducting CTR efforts across the globe.  Before joining Booz Allen, Thomas spent several years working for international law firms in Moscow and Washington, DC.  He also worked briefly as a research assistant at the Nixon Center (now the Center for the National Interest) and as a legal intern at the Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs Criminal Division.  Thomas received a JD from American University’s Washington College of Law and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from American University’s School of International Service.

Amy Caouette is a Policy Analyst with a defense contractor, supporting the Department of Homeland Security. Her responsibilities as Acting Team Lead/Critical Infrastructure Specialist within the Office of Infrastructure Protection, Field Operations Branch include providing operational and analytical expertise to the Regional Support Team. She is currently coordinating and managing projects across the country.  Amy holds a Master’s degree in Biodefense from George Mason University, and a Bachelor’s degree in History from James Madison University.


Patrick Christy is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI), where he works on a range of foreign policy and defense budget issues.  His writings on the Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East have appeared in a variety of publications. Prior to joining FPI, Patrick was a senior policy analyst at the Republican National Committee (RNC), where he focused on energy, foreign affairs, and national security issues. He was named a 2011 Manfred Wörner Fellow by the German Marshall Fund and a 2012 Publius Fellow by the Claremont Institute. Patrick holds a Bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University.


Jaimie Clark is a decorated U.S. Air Force veteran, having served twelve years in the Active and Reserve components. During his tenure in the military he worked on issues related to terrorism and trans-national proliferation threats in partnership with federal law enforcement, national security, and other government agencies. In addition to his military service, Jaimie is currently the Director of the Admiral McGrail Scholars Mentorship Program with The Flag and General Officers Network. Previously, Jaimie was a Senior Program Manager for MOSAIC Technologies Group, a consulting and technology services firm supporting national and homeland security organizations. Currently, he is studying law at The George Washington University Law School where he is focusing his research on the nexus of international commercial export, national security, and dispute resolution through negotiation. 

Chris Cronbaugh is a computer network analyst for the Department of Defense focusing on protecting networks that are vital to U.S. national security. Previously, Chris worked for Total Intelligence Solutions and iSIGHT Partners, with work focused on cyber intelligence. Chris is a graduate of Georgetown University, holding a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Government.  His academic work has centered on cybersecurity, Chinese military strategy and the future of arms control in the Asia-Pacific region.


Ryan Crumpler is a Professional Staff Member on the House Armed Services Committee, where his portfolio includes Army and Marine Corps operations, joint policy and guidance, military readiness, nuclear surety, defense-wide and military intelligence operations, and defense logistics. Ryan also worked as a senior defense advisor for Reps. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-CA) and William “Mac” Thornberry (R-TX) before joining the Committee in 2009.  Ryan has also held positions with Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and fellowships with the Foreign Policy Initiative and the Partnership for a Secure America. Ryan graduated cum laude from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Security Studies from National Defense University and a Certificate in Counterintelligence from National Intelligence University.

Julie Eason is a Program Analyst for the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office’s Irregular Warfare Support Program, a rapid prototyping office that delivers capabilities to the Department of Defense and interagency partners through accelerated research, development, testing, evaluation, and operational support to combat terrorism. Previously, Julie worked for an aggressive marketing and consulting firm that specialized in targeting the Federal Acquisition System to provide client corporations with the right resources and skills in support of their entire program life cycle. She graduated from the University of Virginia with Bachelor’s degrees in Business and Spanish, and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from George Mason University.

Yaya J. Fanusie is the Lead Analyst for Command Global Services, a consulting firm specializing in international asset recovery. He has a background as an economic analyst and counterterrorism analyst with the U.S. government, including experience briefing White House-level policymakers, U.S. military personnel, and federal law enforcement officials. Yaya has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He spent a year as a Fulbright scholar in Ghana, West Africa and has conducted field research on economic development issues in southern Africa.

Thomas Hill is a Professional Staff Member with the House Committee on Foreign Affairs where he covers Department of State operations, Middle East, the United Nations, and the Broadcasting Board of Governors. Prior to joining the Committee, Tom served as a Foreign Affairs Officer with the U.S. Department of State for almost nine years. During that time, Tom held positions as the Strategic Planning Coordinator for the Office of the Middle East Partnership Initiative; as the Governance Advisor to the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Sadr City, Iraq; and served as the acting-Deputy Director for the State Department’s Iran Democracy Program.  Before joining the Department of State, Tom worked as a research assistant at Democratic Dialogue in Belfast, North Ireland and served as a claims writer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Amman, Jordan.  Tom has completed coursework towards a Ph.D. in Political Science at The George Washington University, researching the factors that determine the speed of regime collapse and democratic development in the “Arab Spring” states.  He holds a Master’s degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Santa Clara University.  

Russell Hsiao is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Project 2049 Institute. Prior to his work at the Institute, Russell was the Editor of China Brief at The Jamestown Foundation. Russell worked several years overseas as an Associate in the International Cooperation Department of the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy; and before that as a Researcher at The Heritage Foundation. He has worked on a range of issues related to Asia-policy including military modernization and strategy, cyber security, unmanned systems, and generational changes in political leadership, among other topics. Russell is also currently a J.D. candidate at the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University. He received his Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the American University's School of International Service and the University Honors Program. He is a member of the Young Leaders' Program Pacific Forum CSIS. Russell is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and is learning Korean.

Tzvi Kahn is Assistant Director of Policy and Government Affairs at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), where he works on policy communications concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Iran’s nuclear program, foreign aid, and the U.S.-Israel strategic partnership. He previously wrote for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, The Forward, FrontPage Magazine, American Thinker, and Middle East Quarterly. He holds a Master’s degree in Middle East Studies from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, where his thesis focused on the instability in the Sinai Peninsula and its implications for the Israel-Egypt peace treaty. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in English and in Classical Languages from Yeshiva University.

Igor Khrestin is the Senior Legislative Assistant in the office of Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), focusing on foreign policy and international trade issues. Previously, Igor worked as a policy analyst at the BGR Group, a government affairs consulting firm, and as a research assistant at the American Enterprise Institute. He holds a Master's degree from Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service, a Bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, and has also studied at the London School of Economics. He is fluent in Ukrainian and Russian.


Miriam Krieger is an Air Force fighter pilot pursuing a doctoral degree at Georgetown University. She is one of only two officers selected for the 2012 CSAF Captains Prestigious PhD Program, and is pursuing a PhD in International Relations with an emphasis on Security Studies. Her research interests include military diplomacy as a tool of foreign policy, military strategic culture, and unconventional deterrence theory. Miriam, a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering and two Masters Degrees in London as a George C. Marshall Scholar: a Master of Arts in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and a Master of Science in Conflict, Security and Development from the War Department at King’s College London. She has worked with the International Institute of Strategic Studies and the U.S. Department of State Regional Security and Arms Transfer Department. She attended flight training at Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, and was selected for F-16 training. Miriam flew F-16s as part of the Total Force Integration initiative where she advanced to four-ship flight lead, deployed to the Korean Peninsula, and performed duties as Chief of Scheduling and Aircrew Flight Equipment Officer. 

Emil Maine is a National Security Research Assistant at the Heritage Foundation where he conducts independent research on U.S. defense posture, maritime security, and foreign affairs. At the Heritage Foundation, Emil engages with a wide network of government and non-government officials in the foreign and defense policy community and coordinates a coalition of independent volunteers committed to national defense policies. He also serves as an Assistant Editor for the Tel Aviv based Journal of Military Operations and Infinity Journal. Emil is contributor for Let Freedom Ring and The Center for International Maritime Security. His writings can be found on The Foundry and NextWar. Previously, Emil worked as a Research Analyst for Mainstream IT. He holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from American University, with a concentration in Comparative Politics, and a Bachelor’s degree in Government from the University of Texas.

Dan Moger currently serves as an Assistant Director in Treasury's Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes, where he leads the Middle East and North Africa team in the development and execution of Treasury policy on Iran, Hizballah, Hamas, elements of Al-Qa'ida, and illicit finance and sanctions issues across the region. Previously, Dan was the Treasury Attaché in Jerusalem, representing the Department on the full range of its financial, development and national security equities. Dan holds an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.


Theda Owens is the National Security Policy Advisor for Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) where her responsibilities include developing policy, monitoring legislation, and communicating with constituents and governmental entities in the areas of defense, foreign policy, intelligence, and homeland security. She graduated from Fordham University with Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and History. She received her Masters’ degree in Nationalism Studies from the University of Ediburgh. Theda also graduated from the Naval War College with a Masters’ degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. Currently, she is enrolled in the Air Command and Staff College administered by the United States Air Force.

David Palkki is a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the former Deputy Director (and Acting Director) of the National Defense University’s Conflict Records Research Center and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies.  Prior to his work at NDU, David was an Adjunct Research Associate at the Institute for Defense Analyses. David is co-editor of The Saddam Tapes: The Inner Workings of a Tyrant’s Regime.  He has published journal articles in International Security and Diplomatic History, and a variety of book chapters and other analyses. David will receive his Ph.D. in political science from UCLA in December.  His dissertation is titled Deterring Saddam Hussein’s Iraq: Credibility Assessments in Theory and Practice.

Mark Polyak is an internationally recognized innovator and futurist in the fields of human geography and early warning. Currently, he is developing and implementing disruptive methods and technologies for socio-cultural analysis, expeditionary intelligence and human geography for the Department of Defense. Mark was one of the founders and architects of project Argus, a nationally acclaimed global biosurveillance effort and Chief Analyst at the Division of Integrated Biodefense at the Imaging Science and Information Systems Center at Georgetown University. His areas of expertise include early warning methodologies, biodefense as well as impacts of emerging technologies and societal instability in the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa. Mark holds a B.A. in History with departmental honors from State University of New York at Stony Brook and an M.A. in Russian Eurasian Eastern European Studies from Georgetown University.

Sergio Rodriguera, Jr. is an advisor at District Venture. Before moving to his current position he was a Managing Partner at Tempest Advisory LLC, a business solutions firm advising venture capital and startups to better develop business opportunities in the information technology space. A former Professional Staff Member on the Committee on Financial Services in the U.S. House of Representatives, Sergio advised on technology and trade issues. He was previously an Aide in the Office of the House Majority Leader. Prior to Capitol Hill, he was a former policy advisor to the Under Secretary at the Department of Treasury, and a Naval Officer who was recalled to active duty in 2009 to serve as a Reserve Intelligence Officer in Kabul, Afghanistan, earning the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and holds the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserves.

Matt Smith is a Captain in the United States Marine Corps., where he currently serves as the United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon Commander.  As a Ground Intelligence Officer, he has served in a variety of duties over the course of two deployments. While deployed to Iraq, he served as the Battle Captain in the Joint Operations Center for the United States Forces Iraq J-3.  This rare opportunity as a Junior Officer to work at the strategic level of a multi-national force was a tremendous learning opportunity. Upon returning from Iraq, he served as the Scout Sniper Platoon Commander for 1st Battalion, 1st Marines and deployed on the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.  His platoon participated in numerous Theater Security Exercises where he led the training of multiple foreign military sniper units in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Jordan, and Australia.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University and was a 2013 Future Leader with the Foreign Policy Initiative. 

Ryan Tully is a professional staff member working for the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI).  In his capacity with the SSCI, Ryan is the designee and principal advisor to Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) on all matters relating to the intelligence committee.  Additionally, Ryan is responsible for the DOE-IN budget, National Laboratories, Energy Security, and Arms Control for the SSCI.  Prior to joining the SSCI, Ryan was a professional staff members for the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee (HSGAC) and was the Military Legislative Assistant for Senator John Ensign (R-NV).  His Executive Branch experience was as a Legislative Fellow in the office of the Secretary of the Navy, assisting on manpower and force shaping issues. Finally, for the last five years Ryan has served as an Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve supporting both the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).  His education includes a Master’s degree from the Naval War College in National Security Studies, a Master’s degree in Legislative Affairs/Political Management from The George Washington University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University. 

Rebecca Ulrich serves as a Professional Staff Member on the House Homeland Security Committee and the Military Legislative Assistant for Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC) where she handles the acquisition/procurement, duplication, fraud, and waste portfolios for the Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee and the national security policy portfolio for Mr. Duncan’s personal office. In the 112th Congress, she worked on legislation to address Iran’s activity in the Western Hemisphere that became P.L. 112-220. In the 113th Congress, she has worked on policies aimed at strengthening accountability on Iran sanctions, protecting U.S. sovereignty, requiring greater transparency and fiscal discipline from the Departments of Homeland Security and State, and improving U.S.-EU relations through work with the Transatlantic Parliamentary Group on Counterterrorism. Rebecca holds a B.A. in English from Bob Jones University and is currently pursuing a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.

Matthew Vanderschuere is a PhD student and research assistant at American University, School of Public Affairs. His research interests include the effects of budget cuts on organizational management and motivation within public organizations. Prior to beginning his Ph.D., Matt served six years in the United States Air Force working predominately with the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile system with over 175 nuclear alert tours. He served as a flight commander for the 320th Missile Squadron and completed his active duty as the chief of operations evaluator training for 20th Air Force. He continues to serve as a public affairs officer in the United States Air Force Reserves for the Secretary of the Air Force’s public affairs office. Matt was a member of the 2012 class of the Foreign Policy Initiative’s Future Leader Program and has published editorials in  In August 2013, Matt was elected as the Air Force Junior Vice President for the Reserve Officers Association. Matt received his Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy. Additionally, he is a distinguished graduate from the Defense Information School Public Affairs Qualification Course, and he received two advanced certificates from the Defense Nuclear Weapons School on nuclear weapons operations and nuclear surety.

Siddhartha M. Velandy is a Major in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.  While on active duty, Siddhartha most recently served as legal advisor to the Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command, where he provided comprehensive counsel on a diverse portfolio including military justice, operational law, and international, intelligence, and cyber-law matters.  His previous assignments include a tour at the Pentagon as Special Assistant to the Counsel for the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and an operational tour as Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 2d Marines, in al Anbar, Iraq.  Siddhartha is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and his work on the impact of the Defense Department’s innovation and investment in clean and efficient energy technology on national security and international relations has been published in the Harvard National Security Journal and The Diplomat

Jamal Ware is a former Professional Staff Member on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI).  He served as designee and national security advisor to Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) and was the Committee budget monitor for the General Defense Intelligence, Foreign Counterintelligence and Military Intelligence programs.  Prior to joining SSCI, Jamal served on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, where he was senior advisor to the Committee's former Chairman and Ranking Member Pete Hoekstra (R-MI). Jamal also served as a staff lead for the Committee’s Intelligence Community Management Subcommittee and was the budget monitor for the Community Management Account program.  Jamal first worked on Capitol Hill in July of 2001 as an aide to Congressman Hoekstra, and he also previously worked for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Michigan State Legislature.  Jamal is currently a subject matter expert for the government consulting firm BRTRC providing support for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Jamal is a graduate of Michigan State University.