Ylber Bajraktari

Ylber serves the Special Competitive Studies Project as a Senior Advisor, with focus on defense and intelligence matters, as well as special projects.  Previously, he served as a Geopolitical Strategist with the Investment Strategy Group at Goldman Sachs.  Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Ylber spent 13 years with the US Department of Defense and the White House. During that time, he served as a Senior Fellow in the Office of Net Assessment, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Defense Policy and Strategy, Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy to the Secretary of Defense, and several different roles dealing with US policy towards the Middle East.  Ylber is the recipient of the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Medal – the highest award given to career DoD civilian employees.  He earned a BA in International Relations from American University, a Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University, and an MS in National Security Strategy from the National War College.