Franklin D. Kramer
Distinguished Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
TopicsCyber Policy, Cyber Security, International Security, NATO and its Partners, US Cyber Policy, US Defense Policy, US Foreign Policy
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November 29, 2018Read the Publication (PDF)At the July 2018 Brussels Summit, NATO sought to enhance its deterrence capacity, war-fighting posture, and responses to unconventional challenges in today’s complex and evolving security environment. These commitments are comprehensive, and included meeting the allies’ 2-percent…
November 09, 2017Anti-corruption crackdown targets princes, wealthy businessmen Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has unleashed an unprecedented crackdown on corruption that has, so far, resulted in the detention of more than two hundred people, including almost a dozen princes. The most…
November 09, 2017NATO’s newly announced cyber operations center will allow the Alliance to “respond more effectively” to cyber attacks by integrating cyber measures with conventional military capabilities, according to an Atlantic Council analyst. The Alliance has “always had significant conventional capabilities—land, air,…
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Full BioThe Honorable Franklin D. Kramer is a national security and international affairs expert and has multiple appointments, including as a member of the Atlantic Council Board of Directors and also a member of its Strategic Advisors Group.
Kramer has been a senior political appointee in two administrations, including as assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs for President Clinton, Secretary Perry, and Secretary Cohen; and as principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs.
In the nonprofit world, Kramer is a distinguished fellow at CNA, which operates the Center for Naval Analysis and the Institute for Public Research; is chairman of the board of the World Affairs Council of Washington, DC; is a capstone professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University; and has been a distinguished research fellow at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy of the National Defense University. In the private sector, Kramer is a director and consultant and has been a partner at the law firm of Shea and Gardner.
Among his current activities, Kramer is the principal editor and has written several chapters for the book Cyberpower and National Security, led the study on and is the principal author of Civil Power in Irregular Conflict, and is the coauthor and was co-project director of Transatlantic Cooperation for Sustainable Energy Security. At The George Washington University, he teaches a course entitled "The Department of Defense and Winning Modern War." He has written numerous articles on international affairs.
Kramer received a BA cum laude from Yale University and a JD magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.