Carnegie Mellon University

A Conversation on Wargaming with Becca Wasser and Dr. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Thursday, April 8, 2021
5:45 to 6:45 p.m. EDT on Zoom
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Join us for a conversation with Center for a New American Security Fellow Becca Wasser and Valens Global CEO Daveed Gartenstein-Ross.

This event is co-sponsored by the CMU chapter of Women in International Security.

About Becca Wasser

Becca Wasser is a fellow in the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security. Her research areas include wargaming, force posture and management, and US defense strategy. She is also an adjunct instructor at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where she teaches an undergraduate course on wargaming.

Prior to joining CNAS, Ms. Wasser was a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. In this role, she designed and led wargames for the US Department of Defense and US Army, and led research projects exploring critical national security and defense issues for the US Department of Defense, US Army, US Air Force, and the US Department of State. She also served as a liaison to US Army HQDA G-3/5/7. Previously, she was a research analyst at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), based jointly in Washington, DC and Manama, Bahrain.

Ms. Wasser holds an MS in foreign service, with distinction, from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a BA in international and global studies and Islamic and Middle Eastern studies from Brandeis University.

About Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Dr. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross is a scholar, practitioner, author, and entrepreneur who is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Valens Global. Valens, a private firm focused on fashioning creative solutions to complex twenty-first-century challenges in the national-security domain and beyond, has twice been named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s E360 list of the top small businesses in the United States. Dr. Gartenstein-Ross’s previous positions include Senior Advisor to the Director of the US Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Community Partnerships, Fellow with Google’s think tank Jigsaw, Adjunct Assistant Professor in Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program, and Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a DC-based think tank. He has been described as “a rising star in the counterterrorism community” by The International Herald Tribune.

Dr. Gartenstein-Ross is the author or volume editor of over twenty-five books and monographs, with a book on jihadist groups’ organizational learning processes forthcoming from Columbia University Press. He has led a number of major projects as a practitioner, including serving as the lead drafter of DHS’s acclaimed 2019 Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence, working on live hostage negotiations with militant groups, helping tech companies formulate projects to counter violent extremists’ use of their online platforms, and training members of the US, Bulgarian, and Polish militaries.

Dr. Gartenstein-Ross has spearheaded Valens Global’s unique and highly acclaimed approach to simulations and wargaming, which is defined by its plot- and character-driven approach, creative and realistic projections across multiple domains, and attention to detail. His team has led simulations for the Global Counterterrorism Forum, Duke University, Georgetown University, and Johns Hopkins University, among others. Numerous participants have described Valens Global’s war games as the best that they have experienced.