Franklin D. Kramer is a distinguished fellow and board director of the Atlantic Council. Mr. Kramer has served as a senior political appointee in two administrations, including as assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs. At the Department of Defense, Mr. Kramer was in charge of the formulation and implementation of international defense and political-military policy, with worldwide responsibilities including NATO and Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
In the non-profit world, Mr. Kramer has been a senior fellow at CNA; chairman of the board of the World Affairs Council of Washington, DC; a distinguished research fellow at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy of the National Defense University; and an adjunct professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. Mr. Kramer’s areas of focus include defense, both conventional and hybrid; NATO and Russia; cyber including resilience and international cyber issues; irregular conflict and counterinsurgency; innovation and national security; and China, including managing competition, military power, and China-Taiwan-US relations.
Mr. Kramer has written extensively; in addition to the current report on “Effective Resilience and National Strategy: Lessons from the Pandemic and Requirements for Key Critical Infrastructures,” his publications include “Managed Competition: Meeting China’s Challenge in a Multi-vector World”; on NATO, “NATO Priorities After the Brussels Summit” and “Meeting the Russian Hybrid Challenge”; on cyber “Cybersecurity: Changing the Model,” “Cyber and Deterrence: The Military-Civil Nexus in High-End Conflict,” and “Cyber, Extended Deterrence, and NATO”; on innovation, “Innovation, Leadership, and National Security”; and on counterinsurgency, he was the principal editor, and co-author of the policy chapter, of the book “Civil Power in Irregular Conflict” and “Irregular Conflict, The Department of Defense and International Security Reform.”