Clayton Swope is a nonresident senior fellow at the GeoTech Center of the Atlantic Council. He currently leads national security, cybersecurity, and sustainability public policy for Project Kuiper, Amazon’s initiative to increase global broadband access through a constellation of satellites in low-Earth orbit. He has twenty years of experience in industry and government with additional experience leading teams and managing people, executing budgets and programs, building coalitions, and developing strategies to address complex technical, policy, and business challenges. In addition to his current role focused on space and connectivity, he has also worked on cloud policy issues at Amazon. He is currently chair of the Aerospace Industries Association’s Commercial Space Committee.
Previously, Clayton served as a senior advisor on national security, space, foreign affairs, and technology policy to a member of the US House of Representatives. He also served over fourteen years at the Central Intelligence Agency.
Clayton holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He and his husband have two children and live in Northern Virginia.