Dr. James Ludes
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
From July 2006 to August 2011, Ludes was executive director of the American Security Project (ASP), a think-tank in Washington, D.C. ASP was founded in 2006 to educate the public on a broad range of national security issues and the value of a principled approach to security. From November 2008 to February 2009, Ludes was a member of president-elect Obama's transition team. During this time, he participated in the Agency Review Team, working inside the Department of Defense (DOD) to identify critical issues that would need to be tackled by the new administration. In January, he took on the additional responsibility of running the confirmation team for DOD nominees selected for the roles of deputy secretary of defense, under secretary of defense for policy, comptroller and general counsel. From 2002 to 2006, Ludes was legislative assistant to Sen. John Kerry for defense and foreign policy. During that time, he also coordinated defense policy issues for Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign - assisting in the development of policies on military end-strength, force structure and improved benefits for military families and veterans. Prior to his work in the Senate, Ludes was editor-in-chief of National Security Studies Quarterly (NSSQ), a defense and national security journal. During his tenure, Ludes transformed the NSSQ from a student-run journal into a professional publication receiving considerable attention in the media and the policy community. He is editor of, and contributor to, "Iraq Uncensored" (2009) and co-editor of two previous books: "Attacking Terrorism" (2004) and "Twenty-First Century Proliferation" (2001). A native of Manchester, Conn., Ludes is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was a Manfred Woerner Seminar participant in 2000.