The Honorable Andrea L. Thompson

Distinguished Fellow


The Honorable Andrea L. Thompson is the Founder and CEO of the Andrea Thompson Group, an international strategic consulting firm that works with companies to develop and implement their strategic plans and expand in the global marketplace.

Ms. Thompson served as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, responsible for cyber security, space, emerging technologies as well as foreign military sales, nuclear non-proliferation and arms control policy. Before her arrival at the Department of State, she served as the Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President of the United States.

Prior to her tenure at the White House, Ms. Thompson served as the inaugural Director of the McChrystal Group Leadership Institute, bringing her extensive experience in the public sector and United States military to advise on leadership and organizational change.

She served for more than 25 years in the United States military, including deployments on multiple combat tours, such as: Intelligence Directorate/J2 Chief of Staff in Afghanistan, Senior Intelligence Officer for Multi-National Division (North) in Iraq, as well as additional tours in Iraq, Bosnia, and operational and strategic deployments around the world.

Ms. Thompson also served as the National Security Advisor for the Chairman, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security and Senior Military Advisor to the Chairman, U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.

She graduated with honors from the University of South Dakota (Phi Beta Kappa) and received her Masters’ Degrees from Long Island University and National Defense University. Ms. Thompson is the co-author of the book Achieving Victory in Iraq: Countering an Insurgency.

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