Gregory Sanders, Fellow:

Gregory Sanders is a 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.

Jesse Ellman, Research Associate:

Jesse Ellman is a research associate with the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group (DIIG) at CSIS. He specializes in U.S. defense acquisition policy, with a particular focus on DoD, DHS, and government-wide services contracting trends, DoD sourcing policy and cost estimation methodologies, and recent U.S. Army modernization efforts. Mr. Ellman holds a B.A. in political science from Stony Brook University and an M.A. with honors in security studies, with a concentration in military operations, from Georgetown University.

Samantha Cohen, Research Assistant:

Samantha Cohen is a research assistant with the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group (DIIG) at CSIS. Her work focuses on managing and analyzing data to identify relationships among policies, defense spending, and outcomes. Her recent research focuses on public opinion and defense spending in European countries. Prior to her current position, she interned with DIIG and supported the development of data analysis for a project on effective competition for defense contracts. In 2015, she graduated from American University with a B.S. (honors) in economics. Additionally, she successfully completed the intensive French Language School program at Middlebury College ending as a B2 in 2013 and studied the economic and defense policies of the European Union at the Université catholique de Louvain in Brussels, Belgium, in 2014.

Rhys McCormick, Research Assistant:

Rhys McCormick is a research assistant 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.

Gabriel Coll, Program Coordinator:

Gabriel Coll is the program coordinator for the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group (DIIG) at CSIS. Prior to joining DIIG, he worked for the CSIS International Security Program, where he supported the development of the Federated Defense Project and provided research on Asia and the Middle East. In 2013, he graduated from Boston University, where he majored in international relations, business administration, and history and holds a B.S.B.A. and B.A. (with honors). During 2010, he studied at Fudan University in Shanghai.

Ryan Crotty, Fellow and Deputy Director for Defense Budget Analysis:

Ryan Crotty is a fellow with the International Security Program and deputy director for defense budget analysis at CSIS. His work focuses on the management and application of defense resources, the strategic implications of resourcing decisions, and the effects of these decisions on the defense industrial base. He has worked on several CSIS projects focused on long-term defense spending trends and the defense budget drawdown and identifying challenges and opportunities facing the Department of Defense in a time of budget tightening. He also studies the interaction between the defense budget and the health of the defense industry through analysis of contracting and financial tools. He did his graduate study in international affairs at the Pennsylvania State University, where he previously worked as a research assistant to Ambassador Dennis Jett. While at Penn State, he was a 2010 recipient of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence's Strategic and Global Security Scholars Program scholarship. Previously, he worked in state government consulting in Boston, MA. He also holds a B.A. (with honors) in government and international studies from Colby College.

Gary Powell, Senior Associate:

Gary Powell is a Senior Associate with the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group (DIIG) at CSIS. Prior to joining CSIS, Mr. Powell spent more than thirty years with the Department of Defense, most recently, as the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy (ADUSD(IP)), the senior career DoD executive for all matters related to the defense industry and industrial policy. As the ADUSD(IP), Mr. Powell directed or oversaw all corporate DoD industrial capability assessments to identify potential near-term industrial bottlenecks and long-term industrial capability viability concerns. He also represented DoD equities to Congress for current and proposed “Buy American” legislation; and other industrial base-related statutes and policies.

Mr. Powell directed DoD mergers and acquisitions reviews for both antitrust (Hart-Scott-Rodino) and national security (Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States) purposes. Mr. Powell also directed DoD’s Defense Priorities and Allocations System and Priority Allocation of Industrial Resources Task Force to ensure the most important DoD programs receive priority delivery when faced with production resource constraints; most recently supporting U.S. and coalition operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Finally, Mr. Powell's responsibilities also included the development of policies, procedures, analyses, and recommendations relating to defense industrial resources and defense industry trends; and the programmatic, industrial, financial, and economic impacts of DoD acquisition strategies on the industrial base.