Beginning in August 2019, Lindsey Ford will be joining the Brookings Institution as a David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Foreign Policy program. She is also an adjunct lecturer at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. Her research focuses on U.S. defense strategy in the Asia-Pacific region, including U.S. security alliances, military posture, and regional security architecture. Ford is a frequent commentator on Asian security and defense issues and her analysis has been featured by outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Politico, Foreign Policy, The Straits Times, CNN, MSNBC, and Bloomberg.

Prior to joining the Brookings Institution, Ford was the Richard Holbrooke Fellow and Director for Political-Security Affairs at the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI). From 2009-2015, Ford served in a variety of roles within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, including as the special assistant to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel for the 2014 U.S.-ASEAN Defense Forum. Most recently, Ford served as the Senior Adviser to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, where she managed a team of advisers overseeing maritime security, multilateral security affairs, and force management planning. Ford was also a leading architect of the Asia rebalance strategy work for the Department of Defense’s 2012 “Defense Strategic Guidance Review” and oversaw the development of the Department’s first “Asia-Pacific Maritime Security Strategy” in 2015. Ford was twice awarded with the Department of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service, among other recognitions. She graduated with a Master’s in Public Affairs and Asian Studies from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin, and a Bachelor’s in vocal performance from Samford University.

Last Updated: August 20, 2019

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