Mark J. Massa is an assistant director in Forward Defense within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. Massa contributes to FD programs and research on nuclear security and arms control, the Future of DHS Project, the Commanders Series, and other endeavors. Having supported the launch of Forward Defense as the Scowcroft Center’s newest practice area, he continues to carry out program administration in strategy, budgeting, business development, and event planning. He is a second-year MA candidate in the Security Studies Program at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. His research focuses on nuclear weapons, emerging technology, and the Arctic.
Massa graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a degree in Science, Technology, and International Affairs. He was awarded honors in his major for a senior thesis on a theory of nuclear ballistic missile submarine strategy. He was elected to several honors societies, including Phi Beta Kappa (national), Pi Sigma Alpha (political science), and Pi Delta Phi (French).