The Honorable Kathleen H. Hicks was elected to The Aerospace Corporation’s Board of Trustees on December 11, 2019. Dr. Hicks is senior vice president, Henry A. Kissinger chair, and director of the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a nonprofit research organization that provides strategic insights and policy solutions for decisionmakers in the security field. She is also the Donald Marron scholar at the Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Previously, Hicks was principal deputy under secretary of defense for policy as well as deputy under secretary of defense for strategy, plans, and forces. Previously, she served at CSIS in the role of senior fellow in the International Security Program. Before that, Hicks worked for 13 years at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, rising in the ranks from presidential management intern to the Senior Executive Service.
A frequent writer and lecturer on topics ranging from geopolitics to national security and defense, Hicks also led the development of the 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance and the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review.
Hicks is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from three secretaries of defense and a chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; the 2011 Department of Defense Senior Professional Women’s Association Excellence in Leadership Award; and the National Capital Area Political Science Association’s 2018 Walter Beach Award. Hicks serves on advisory boards for the Truman Center and SoldierStrong, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She also served on the National Commission on the Future of the Army and the Commission on the National Defense Strategy.
Hicks earned a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College, a master’s degree from the University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.