Mackenzie Eaglen is a resident fellow in the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, where she works on defense strategy, defense budgets, and military readiness.

Eaglen has worked on defense issues in the House of Representatives and Senate and at the Pentagon in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and on the Joint Staff. In 2014, Eaglen served as a staff member of the congressionally mandated National Defense Panel, a bipartisan, blue-ribbon commission established to assess US defense interests and strategic objectives. This followed Eaglen’s previous work as a staff member for the 2010 congressionally mandated bipartisan Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel, also established to assess the Pentagon’s major defense strategy. A prolific writer on defense-related issues, she has also testified before Congress.

Eaglen has an M.A. from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a B.A. from Mercer University.


Experience

• Research Fellow for National Security Studies, Heritage Foundation, 2006–12
• Principal Defense Adviser to Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), 2004–06
• Legislative Assistant, Representative John Sweeney (R-NY), 2003–04
• Presidential Management Fellow, US Department of Defense, 2001–03

Education

M.A., Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
B.A., Mercer University