Staff

Andrew Hunter, Director, Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group and Senior Fellow, International Security Program:

Andrew Hunter is a senior fellow in the International Security Program and director of the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group at CSIS. From 2011 to 2014, he served as a senior executive in the Department of Defense, serving first as chief of staff to undersecretaries of defense (AT&L) Ashton B. Carter and Frank Kendall, before directing the Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell. From 2005 to 2011, Mr. Hunter served as a professional staff member of the House Armed Services Committee. Mr. Hunter holds an M.A. degree in applied economics from the Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in social studies from Harvard University.
 

Gregory Sanders, Deputy Director and Fellow:

Gregory Sanders is a deputy director and fellow with the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group (DIIG) at CSIS, where he manages a research team that analyzes data on U.S. government contract spending and other budget and acquisition issues. He employs data visualization and other ways to use complex data collections to create succinct and innovative tables, charts, and maps. His recent research focuses on contract spending by major government departments, contingency contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, and European and Asian defense budgets. This work requires management of data from a variety of databases, most notably the Federal Procurement Database System, and extensive cross-referencing of multiple budget data sources. In support of these goals, he employs SQL Server, as well as the statistical programming language R. Sanders holds an M.A. in international studies from the University of Denver and a B.A. in government and politics, as well as a B.S. in computer science, from the University of Maryland.
 

Rhys McCormick, Fellow:

Rhys McCormick is a fellow with the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group (DIIG) at CSIS. His work focuses on unmanned systems, global defense industrial base issues, and U.S. federal and defense contracting trends. Prior to working at DIIG, he interned at the Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy at CSIS and the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute at the U.S. Army War College. He holds a B.S. in security and risk analysis from the Pennsylvania State University and is currently pursuing an M.A. in security studies at Georgetown University.

Asya Akca, Program Manager:

Asya Akca is a program manager for the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where she facilitates event planning, outreach efforts, and supports the project’s research agenda. She previously worked with the Cooperative Defense Project at CSIS. Prior to joining CSIS, she worked as a research assistant with the Chicago Project on Security and Threats, where she analyzed suicide terrorist attacks in the Middle East. She has also held internships at the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Egyptian Affairs, as well as at the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels. She holds a master’s degree in international relations and a bachelor’s degree in political science both from the University of Chicago.