Kate Charlet

Kate Charlet

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Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy, Department of Defense

Kate Charlet is the program director for Technology and International Affairs at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She works primarily on the security and international implications of evolving technologies, with a focus on cybersecurity and cyber conflict; biotechnology; and artificial intelligence.

Charlet served in the Department of Defense for the last decade, most recently as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (acting) for Cyber Policy, where she led the development of DoD cyber policy and
strategy, guidance on development cyber capabilities, and the expansion of international cyber relationships.

Charlet is the recipient of the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award and served in senior advisory roles on the Defense Science Board Task Forces on Cyber Deterrence, on Cyber as a Strategic Capability, and on the Presidential Commission on Enhancing Cybersecurity.

Prior to working cyberspace issues, Charlet served as the director for strategic planning at the National Security Council, led teams at DoD working Afghanistan strategy and policy, and conducted research on issues at the nexus of science & security at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Charlet holds degrees in Molecular Biology from Princeton University and International Relations / Strategic Studies from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

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