Alexander Alden is Senior Advisor at Defense Priorities. He previously served on the National Security Council and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Prior to his government service, Alden was Senior Fellow at the Center for the National Interest and Project Director at the Center for Naval Analyses. He was also Manager of Analysis at the Avascent Group where he advised leading aerospace and defense companies. Alden has an MA in Political Science from the Johns Hopkins University where he also pursued doctoral research and taught numerous international relations courses. His B.A. is in Political Science and Philosophy from Southern Illinois University.