Dr. Stephanie M. Burchard is a US national security and defense expert based in the Washington D.C. area. Since 2012, she has been a research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, Virginia. From January 2015 to August 2016, she was on detail to the Security Governance Initiative at the U.S. Department of State. From August 2016 to 2017, she served as Director of Policy and Program Analysis in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Office of African Affairs. She has taught courses at Georgetown University, American University, and the University of Cape Town.