Kelly Magsamen is the vice president of National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress. Previously Magsamen served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs while also fulfilling the duties of Assistant Secretary of Defense. As the Principal Adviser to the Secretary of Defense, Magsamen was tasked with formulating U.S. strategy in the South China Sea in addition to fortifying U.S. partnerships in Asia. She also held positions on the National Security Council staff under two presidents, most notably as Special Assistant to the President, Senior Director for Strategic Planning, and Director and Senior Advisor for Middle East Reform. Magsamen began her career in foreign policy at the Department of State. She is a graduate of American University and the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Follow Kelly Magsamen on Twitter @kellymagsamen.