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Caitlin Talmadge is Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the George Washington University, where she is also a member of the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies. Her research and teaching focus on defense policy, civil-military relations, U.S. military operations and strategy, nuclear proliferation, and Persian Gulf security issues. Her writing has appeared in International Security, Security Studies, The Washington Quarterly, The Non-Proliferation Review, The Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy.com , and the Harvard International Review, among other outlets, and she is currently completing a book on military effectiveness. She is also co-author of the book U.S. Defense Politics: the Origins of Security Policy (with Harvey Sapolsky and Eugene Gholz, second edition forthcoming 2013).
Dr. Talmadge is a graduate of Harvard (A.B., summa cum laude) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D.), and has held fellowships from the Olin Institute at Harvard University, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Brookings Institution, and the American Political Science Association. Prior to graduate school, she worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She also has previously served as a consultant to the Office of Net Assessment at the U.S. Department of Defense and was named a Next Generation National Security Leader by the Center for a New American Security in 2009.