Evan B. Montgomery

Senior Fellow

Evan Montgomery is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, where he conducts research on great power competition, alliance management, East Asia security, and nuclear issues. During more than a decade at CSBA, Dr. Montgomery has written dozens of monographs, journal articles, and book chapters on a wide range of topics, and has lectured before a variety of government, academic, and international audiences.

From October 2016 through December 2017, he served as Special Advisor to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In that capacity, Dr. Montgomery supported the Vice Chairman in his statutory and assigned responsibilities within the Joint Staff, the Department of Defense, and the interagency, with an emphasis on innovation, nuclear modernization, and organizational reform. During his time on the Joint Staff, he participated in the National Defense Strategy, the Nuclear Posture Review, and the Advanced Capabilities and Deterrence Panel.  

Dr. Montgomery is the author or coauthor of numerous CSBA reports, including Nuclear Terrorism: Assessing the Threat, Developing a Response; Reshaping America’s Alliances for the Long Haul; Defense Planning for the Long Haul: Scenarios, Operational Concepts, and the Future Security Environment; The Future of America’s Strategic Nuclear Deterrent; The Cost of U.S. Nuclear Forces: From BCA to Bow Wave and Beyond; Extended Deterrence in the Second Nuclear Age: Geopolitics, Proliferation, and the Future of U.S. Security Commitments; and Reinforcing the Front Line: U.S. Defense Strategy and the Rise of China. His commentary, analysis, and academic research have also appeared in Foreign Affairs, International Security, Security Studies, the Journal of Strategic Studies, The Wall Street Journal, The National Interest, The Diplomat, Defense News, and Real Clear Defense. His book, In the Hegemon’s Shadow: Leading States and the Rise of Regional Powers, was published by Cornell University Press.

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. 


B.A. in Political Science and Sociology (summa cum laude)
Villanova University

M.A. and Ph.D. in Foreign Affairs
University of Virginia

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