Kari Bingen
Defense, Intelligence

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In her role as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence during the Trump administration, Ms. Bingen was the principal intelligence, counterintelligence, and security adviser to the Secretary of Defense and exercised the Secretary’s authority over the Defense Intelligence Agency, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, National Security Agency, and Defense Security Service. She began the realignment of the defense intelligence enterprise to address near-peer competitors and threats, managed an annual budget of over $54 billion, and oversaw the defense intelligence workforce of more than 120,000 personnel.

From 2013 to 2017, Ms. Bingen served as the House Armed Services Committee policy director, where she managed a team that oversaw U.S. defense policy, strategy, posture, and budget as well as regional policy issues. From 2006 to 2011, Ms. Bingen served as staff lead for the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, where she advised members conducting oversight of military intelligence programs, military space operations, missile defense, and the nuclear security enterprise of the Department of Defense and Department of Energy.

Prior to entering government, Ms. Bingen was employed with SRA International’s Adroit C4ISR Center as a space systems analyst. She also served as a senior space policy analyst at the Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy. She is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in aeronautics and astronautics and a 2002 National Reconnaissance Office Technology Fellow.