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Claire Russo

Development Alternatives, Incorporated (DAI)
Senior Advisor on Defense

Claire Russo is a Senior Advisor on Defense with DAI Global LLC to expand their Department of Defense portfolio.  She is the co founder of Stability Horizon LLC, a company dedicated to the coordination of US foreign policy assets in critical regions. Russo consults with a variety of clients, enabling coordination across agencies and the private sector.

Claire started her career as an intelligence officer in the United States Marine Corps and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006.  At the conclusion of her military service, Ms. Russo was hired by the Institute for the Study of War in Washington D.C. as a research analyst and studied Sunni political dynamics in Iraq.

In 2009, Ms. Russo accepted a job with the Department of the Army and deployed to Afghanistan to serve as an advisor to Regional Command East.  Embedding with more than ten female engagement teams over the course of a year, Ms. Russo developed a unique expertise on the training and employment of female teams in Afghanistan.  She eventually moved to Kabul to assist the International Security Assistance Force to define and develop the female engagement program throughout the country.

Ms. Russo won an International Affairs Fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations in 2011. Russo worked at the Institute for Inclusive Security during her fellowship and conducted research on the tactical employment of women and strategic integration of gender in military operations.

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Friday, September 29

8:30am EDT