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CSBA Welcomes New Expert on Strategy and Operational Concepts

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) is pleased to welcome Dr. Peter Haynes to its team of experts focused on the evolution of warfare and its implications for U.S. strategy and the Department of Defense budget.

Dr. Thomas G. Mahnken, CSBA President, said, “I’m excited to have Pete join the CSBA team.  Pete’s extensive experience as a Navy strategist, combat-experienced aviator, and scholar of U.S. strategy adds depth to an organization that is known for providing in-depth and timely research to national security policy makers in both the legislative and executive branches of our government. ”

Prior to joining CSBA, Pete served as the Deputy Director, Strategy Plans and Policy (J-5) for Strategy and Concepts at U.S. Special Operations Command. He was also the Director, Strategy and Plans (J5) for the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (2012), Branch Chief, Advanced Concepts, (N511), Navy Staff (2010-11), Branch Chief, Strategy and Concepts (N513), Navy Staff (2006), and Country Desk Officer, Russia and Ukraine, Joint Staff J5 (2001-03). Operationally, he flew the E-2C Hawkeye with Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116, including deployments supporting Operations Desert Storm (1991) and Southern Watch (1999), and with VAW-112 as the commanding officer and executive officer, which included a deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2005)

He holds a Ph.D in Security Studies and a M.A. in National Security Affairs (with Distinction) from the Naval Postgraduate School and a B.A. in History and in the Arts and Letters Program for Administrators from the University of Notre Dame.

He is the recipient of the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Air Medal with Combat “V” and the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat “V”, among others, as well as the 2009-10 Naval History and Heritage Command’s Samuel Eliot Morison Naval History Scholarship.

In July 2015, the U.S. Naval Institute Press published his book, Toward a New Maritime Strategy: American Naval Thinking in the Post-Cold War Era, which has garnered considerable scholarly acclaim.