Evan Braden Montgomery is a Senior Fellow and the Director of Research and Studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA). He is also an adjunct faculty member in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, where he teaches courses on military effectiveness and great power competition. In 2016-2017, he served as Special Advisor to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, focusing primarily on defense innovation and nuclear modernization. 

At CSBA, Dr. Montgomery's principal research areas include long-term competitions, trends in future warfare, alliance management, and nuclear policy. His recent CSBA publications include Reinforcing the Front Line: U.S. Defense Strategy and the Rise of China and Extended Deterrence in the Second Nuclear Age: Geopolitics, Proliferation, and the Future of U.S. Security Commitments. His commentary and analysis have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, War on the Rocks, Defense News, The Diplomat, The National Interest, and Real Clear Defense.

Dr. Montgomery also conducts academic research on a variety of subjects, with an emphasis on the relationship between established powers and emerging powers, the linkages between grand strategy and defense strategy, and challenges of signaling capabilities and intentions. He is the author of In the Hegemon's Shadow: Leading States and the Rise of Regional Powers (Cornell University Press, 2016), and has published articles in International SecuritySecurity Studies Journal of Strategic Studies, Texas National Security Review, and Survival.


Dr. Montgomery graduated summa cum laude from Villanova University with a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology, and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. He is a past recipient of the Smith Richardson Foundation Strategy and Policy Fellowship, the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship, and the Department of Defense Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award. 

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