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CSBA Bolsters Its Research and Publications Team

Washington, DC, June 23, 2020 – The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), one of the nation’s premier centers for understanding the future of competition and conflict, has added three new members to its professional staff, enhancing its analytical and editorial capabilities while underscoring its commitment to diversity and inclusion across its professional ranks.

Josh Chang joins the CSBA team a Research Assistant focusing on U.S. defense strategy and international military doctrines and capabilities. He previously worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Long-Term Strategy Group, the Hudson Institute, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Josh is also a regular contributor to the Georgetown Security Studies Review on Latin American and East Asian security issues. He is receiving his M.A. in Security Studies and has a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Regan Copple is a Research Assistant at CSBA, specializing on East Asian security, future warfare, and Great Power competition. Regan has completed internships at the Long-Term Strategy Group and the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism. Her research will be featured in Michael Gordon’s forthcoming book, Degrade and Destroy: The Inside Story of the War Against the Islamic State. Regan will be receiving her M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University, and has a B.A. from George Mason University.

Joining CSBA as Publications Manager is James Mersol. James has a background in both security studies as well as production and editing of professional journals.  Previously, he covered cybersecurity and national security for GovernmentCIO Media & Research. James also was an editor at the SAIS Review and Charged Affairs, the online publication of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. He has worked defense budget issues at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and covered financial threats, cybersecurity, and acquisition management topics at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance. James received his M.A. at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. from Davidson College.

According to Dr. Thomas G. Mahnken, President and CEO of CSBA, “A major thrust of CSBA’s institutional mission is identifying and developing successive generations of national security professionals. With the addition of Josh, Regan, and James, we are continuing to enrich our research agenda while providing meaningful opportunities for future leaders in our field.”


CSBA is an independent, nonpartisan policy research institute established to promote innovative thinking and debate about national security strategy and investment options. CSBA’s assessments focus on key questions related to existing and emerging threats to U.S. national security, and its goal is to enable policymakers to make informed decisions on matters of strategy, security policy, and resource allocation.

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