Dr. Maren Leed is senior adviser with the Harold Brown Chair in Defense Policy Studies, where she works on a variety of defense-related issues. From 2011 to 2012, she served as senior adviser to the chief of staff of the U.S. Army. Prior to this Dr. Leed served as senior fellow and director of the New Defense Approaches Project at Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS), where she led projects on topics as diverse as military personnel costs, the future of ground forces, strategic forecasting, organizing for electromagnetic spectrum control, and service cultures. She also supported the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) inquiry into the shootings at Fort Hood.
From 2005 to 2008, she was assigned as a special assistant to the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and was responsible for a range of issues including IEDs, ISR, cyber operations, biometrics, rapid acquisition, and Iraq policy. From 2001 to 2005, she was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee. Dr. Leed earned her doctorate in quantitative policy analysis from RAND Graduate School. She served as a doctoral fellow at RAND during this time and analyzed military manpower issues, training for operations other than war, leader development, and providing strategic planning support for the military and private-sector organizations. Dr. Leed received her A.B. in political science from Occidental College.