Travis Sharp

Senior Fellow

Dr. Travis Sharp is a fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

He directs the defense budget studies program and works to inform policymakers, senior leaders, and the public about issues related to resourcing national security. He also serves as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. In 2019-2020, he mobilized to active duty and deployed to the Middle East in support of ongoing U.S. military operations.

Dr. Sharp has held positions with academic and policy organizations, including George Washington University’s Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, West Point’s Modern War Institute, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Center for a New American Security, and the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. He has published think tank monographs, journal articles, and commentaries on defense spending and strategy, cybersecurity, and military-to-military contacts between great power rivals, the topic of his dissertation. His research has appeared in Policy Sciences, Survival, Journal of Strategic Studies, and International Affairs, among other outlets. 

Dr. Sharp is a past recipient of the Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship, the A.B. Krongard and John Parker Compton Fellowships at Princeton, the 1LT Bacevich Fellowship at CNAS, the Harold Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations, and the Herbert Scoville Peace Fellowship.

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M.A. and Ph.D. in Security Studies
Princeton University, School of Public and International Affairs

M.P.A. in International Relations
Princeton University, School of Public and International Affairs

B.A. in History and Politics (summa cum laude)
University of San Francisco