Katherine Blakeley

Research Fellow

Katherine Blakeley is a Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. She directs the budget program and works to educate and inform policymakers, senior leaders, and the general public about the defense budget and issues pertaining to resourcing national security. Dr. Blakeley has authored publications on trends in the defense budget, defense acquisi­tions, military personnel, nuclear weapons, and other issues. She frequently contributes to print and broadcast media, and her writing has appeared in Politico, The Hill, Newsweek, and other publications. Dr. Blakeley began her policy career at the Congressional Research Service (CRS) providing authoritative, confidential, objective, and non-partisan policy analysis for Members and Committees of Congress. As a defense policy analyst in the Defense Manpower and Budget section, she worked on a range of defense policy issues including military manpower and health, acquisitions, and defense energy use, specializing in analysis of the defense budget and defense appropriations. After leaving CRS in 2013, Dr. Blakeley became a defense policy analyst at the Center for American Progress (CAP), a non-partisan think tank. At CAP, Dr. Blakeley covered a range of defense issues, including military compensation, veterans, nuclear weapons, and alliance relationships, but continued her primary focus on the defense budget. While at CAP, Dr. Blakeley was the primary author of several reports about the defense budget. She received her B.A. from Vassar College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her academic research examines Congressional defense policymaking and implementation.


B.A. in Politics of Language
Vassar College

M.A. Political Science
University of California, Santa Cruz

Ph.D. in Political Science
University of California, Santa Cruz

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