Jeffrey Edmonds
Research Scientist

BIOGRAPHY

Jeffrey Edmonds is an expert on Russia and Eurasia. His research focuses on the Russian military, foreign policy, Russian threat perceptions, and Russian information and cyber operations.

Most recently, Edmonds 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, Edmonds advised the president and his senior staff on Russia-related national security topics including the Ukraine and Syria crises, Russian military, foreign policy, threat perceptions, and information operations. Edmonds was also the lead director during a review of the United States policy towards Russia, culminating in a presidentially approved strategy that had global impact.

Prior to the NSC, Edmonds served as a military analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency, covering Eurasian militaries. He has served in the U.S. Army on both active duty and the reserves for 22 years, with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Edmonds holds an M.P.A. from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, an M.A. from Boston University in Religious Studies, and a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He has a working knowledge of Russian.


RECENT NEWS

August 20, 2019

Jeffrey Edmonds says, "They're pushing their fleet and pushing their military to perform in a certain way that is often beyond what is safe for them to actually do considering the age of the equipment and the age of the infrastructure."

Business Insider: "Putin's Rush to Build Doomsday Weapons Able to Devastate the U.S. Is Likely to End in More Tragedies like Its Deadly Missile Disaster"

August 9, 2019

Jeffrey Edmonds says, "They're pushing their fleet and pushing their military to perform in a certain way that is often beyond what is safe for them to actually do considering the age of the equipment and the age of the infrastructure."

Business Insider: "Here's Why the Russian Military Has so Many Serious Accidents"

July 2, 2019

Jeffrey Edmonds says, "The Losharik incident will likely have a deep operational impact on the Directorate for Deep Sea Research, given how advanced and relatively few these submarines are."

Radio Free Europe: "Did a Deadly Fire Break out on a Secret Russian Spy Sub? Here's What We Know About 'Losharik'"

June 7, 2019

Jeffrey Edmonds says, "[Russia] have consistently had this behavior to just try to get in the way to be noticed, it's to create a problem and then offer to fix it, or create a problem and try to make it look like it's our fault. But in a sense it's kind of a great power temper tantrum."

Washington Post: Near-Collision Between U.S. and Russian Warships in Pacific Requires Emergency Maneuvers

March 31, 2019

Jeff Edmonds says, "The Russians have a clear overmatch from there and can overwhelm them quickly."

The National Interest: "Europe's Worst Nightmare: Here's What a NATO-Russia War Would Look Like"

February 26, 2019

Jeffrey Edmonds and Samuel Bendett write, "Any potential conflict with Moscow will feature a military that is better able to understand, process, and contest the battlespace information environment, posing significant challenges for U.S. and allied forces."

RealClearDefense: "Russian Battlefield Awareness and Information Dominance: Improved Capabilities and Future Challenges"