Alice Hunt Friend

Vice President for Research and Analysis

Alice Hunt Friend is Vice President for Research and Analysis at the Institute for Security and Technology. She is a defense policy expert and has served in several civilian roles at the Pentagon. Most recently, she was the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, where she aligned staff operations to the deputy secretary’s priorities, including technological innovation, enterprise data management and transparency, program and budget reviews, climate change resilience, and workforce health, equity, and inclusion. Previously, Alice was Principal Director for African Affairs, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Under Secretary for Strategy, Plans, and Forces, Country Director for Pakistan, and Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Policy. In these roles she advised multiple secretaries of defense on policy matters ranging from nuclear weapons in South Asia to counterterrorism policy.

Alice earned her PhD in International Relations at American University with a dissertation on emerging military technologies and defense policymaking. She has a book forthcoming with Stanford University Press on the role of civilians in national security that examines military guidance, budgeting, and force management since the end of the Cold War, including a case study on the development of remotely piloted aerial vehicles. She is an adjunct professor at American University’s School of International Service in Washington, DC and is also an adjunct consultant with the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, VA. For the past year, she was a visiting fellow at the Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her most recent service at DoD, she was a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a visiting research professor at the U.S. Army War College, and an adjunct senior fellow with the Center for a New American Security.

Alice has published multiple chapters in peer-reviewed edited volumes and with The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, War on the Rocks, Texas National Security Review, Breaking Defense, Lawfare, Defense One, and Just Security. She earned her M.A. in U.S. Foreign Policy from American University and her B.A. in Government from Smith College.