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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. In 2016-2017, Dr. Montgomery served as Special Advisor to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, focusing primarily on defense innovation and nuclear modernization. 

During more than a decade at CSBA, Dr. Montgomery has written dozens of monographs, reports, journal articles, and book chapters on a wide range of topics. His principal research areas include long-term strategic competitions, trends in future warfare, alliance management issues, and U.S. nuclear policy. His most recent CSBA publications are 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.

In addition to his policy work, Dr. Montgomery conducts academic research on a variety of subjects, with an emphasis on the interactions between established powers and emerging powers, as well as the linkages between grand strategy and defense strategy. 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, and The Journal of Strategic Studies. 


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.