Jeffrey Edmonds is an expert on US national security, especially as it relates to Russia. He works full time for CNA’s Russia Studies Program. His research focuses on the Russian military, foreign policy, threat perceptions, and Russian information operations. Most recently, Jeff served as the Director for Russia on the National Security Council and acting Senior Director for Russia during the 2017 presidential transition. While on the NSC, he advised the president and his senior staff on Russia-related national security topics. Prior to the NSC, Jeff served as a senior military analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency, covering Eurasian militaries. He has served in the US Army on both active duty and the reserves for 24 years, with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Edmonds holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, a master’s degree from Boston University in Religious Studies, and a bachelor of science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point.