Dr. Pettyjohn will comparatively assess the nuclear policies and postures of the United States, Russia, China, and North Korea, and offer conclusions about the emerging strategic environment and consider the implications for American nuclear posture and force structure.
Stacie Pettyjohn is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Her areas of expertise include defense strategy, posture, force planning, force presentation, security cooperation, and wargaming. Prior to joining CNAS, Pettyjohn spent over ten years at the RAND Corporation as a political scientist. Between 2019-2021, she was the Director of the Strategy and Doctrine Program in Project Air Force. From 2014-2020, she served as the co-director of the Center for Gaming. Previously, she was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution, a Peace Scholar at the United States Institute of Peace, and a TAPIR fellow at the RAND Corporation.
Pettyjohn's work has been published in academic journals such as Security Studies and International Negotiation, and her commentary has appeared in The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, War on the Rocks, Defense News, The National Interest, Asia Times, and The Daily Star. She has a Ph.D. and M.A. in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in history and political science from the Ohio State University.