Our Staff & Fellows

As well as writing reports and on our Flashpoint Blog, ASP Fellows and Professional Staff are available for on-the-record discussions and on-air appearances.

To reach our experts, please contact our Press Office:  (202) 347-4267 or

ASP’s Adjunct Fellows are not located at ASP’s Washington, DC office. ASP does not forward U.S. mail to adjunct fellows.

Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret.)
Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret.)

Chief Executive Officer

Expertise: Military and Defense Issues, National Security Strategy

BGen Stephen Cheney, USMC (Ret) is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Security Project (ASP).

He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy ... More

Andrew Holland
Andrew Holland

Chief Operating Officer

Expertise: Energy, Climate Change, and Infrastructure Policy

Andrew Holland is the American Security Project’s Chief Operating Officer. His area of research is on on energy, climate change, trade, and infrastructure policy. For more than 15 years, he has worked at th... More

Matthew Wallin
Matthew Wallin

Fellow for Public Diplomacy

Office Manager

Expertise:  Public diplomacy, military history, national security policy, nuclear security, international conflict

A Los Angeles native, Matthew completed his Masters in Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California in 2010. While at USC, his studies focused on the public diplomacy implications of military conflict, and v... More

Esther Babson
Esther Babson

Program Manager, Climate Security

Expertise: Climate Change, Security Studies, South Asia, Arctic Security and Renewable Energy

Esther Babson is the Program Manager of Climate Security at the American Security Project. She has a Masters in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University with a focus on the impact of climate change on security in South Asia. As part of... More

Ottavia Credi

Nuclear Security Intern

Expertise: Nuclear weapons, Nuclear policy, Nuclear deterrence, WMD, CBRN Terrorism, Intelligence studies, International security

Ottavia is a newly-graduate researcher especially interested in the field of weapons of mass destruction and their relationship to international security.

Over her academic career, she produced written pieces concentrating on Just War Theory,... More

H.D. Scriba, III
H.D. Scriba, III

U.S.-Russia Relations Intern

Expertise: Russian politics, Central and Eastern European history, nuclear history and security.

A Baltimore native, H.D. Scriba is now a third-year senior at the George Washington University with a double-major in Political Science and History. His studies tend to focus on the contemporary politics and history of Russia and surrounding post-Soviet states.... More

Nadia Cortez
Nadia Cortez

Climate and Energy Security Intern

Expertise: Sustainable energy development, climate adaptation, and security

Nadia Cortez is a research and sustainable pathway professional with an acute ability to pinpoint incongruities within frameworks of international environmental policies. She is driven to identify strategic ways to inform the public about climate and energy issues to catalyz... More

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