Director, Aerospace Security Project and Senior Fellow International Security Program
Kari A. Bingen is the Director of the Aerospace Security Project and a Senior Fellow in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Her research interests include national security space, intelligence, and technology issues across the public and private sectors. She joined CSIS from HawkEye 360, an innovative space technology company creating a new class of radio frequency (RF) data and analytics, where she was the Chief Strategy Officer.
Prior to HawkEye 360, Kari served as the U.S. Senate-confirmed Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, overseeing the defense intelligence and security enterprises, comprising more than 120,000 personnel and an annual budget of over $54 billion. Before that, Kari served as the policy director on the House Armed Services Committee and staff lead for its Strategic Forces subcommittee, advising members of Congress on defense policy, program, and budget matters. Prior to entering government, Kari specialized in national security space issues, working with U.S. defense and intelligence community clients, first as a space systems analyst at SRA International’s Adroit C4ISR Center, and then as a senior space policy analyst at The Aerospace Corporation.
In addition to her work at CSIS, Kari is passionate about “paying it forward” as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University and as a member of the Common Mission Project Advisory Board. She is a member of the U.S. Strategic Command Strategic Advisory Group, was a commissioner on the CSIS Task Force on Technology and Intelligence, and serves on a number of corporate and non-profit advisory boards.
She is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a 2002 NRO Technology Fellow.