Commander Andrew Pate is a military fellow from the U.S. Coast Guard in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He has spent nearly a decade conducting maritime security and interdiction operations in the Atlantic and Pacific theatres as well as the Arabian Gulf. As part of the CSIS International Security Program, he provides Coast Guard and military expertise related to national security and defense. A career cutterman, Commander Pate has deployed on five classes of ships, most recently as the executive officer of a medium endurance cutter stationed in Portsmouth, Virginia. Prior to CSIS, Commander Pate served as a strategic analyst and advisor to the Twenty-Fifth Commandant of the Coast Guard, Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, where he developed strategic context for senior executive decisionmaking. He previously served as Congressional Liaison Officer in the U.S. House of Representatives and as a fellow for U.S. Senator Roger F. Wicker (MS). Commander Pate holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He served as a member of the Twenty-Fifth Commandant’s transition team and is a licensed merchant mariner.