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Kerri Gray awarded Rumsfeld Fellowship

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Kerri Gray

Kerri Gray has been selected as a recipient of the distinguished Rumsfeld Fellowship for the 2024-2025 academic year.

This fellowship provides scholarship funds to support Kerri’s doctoral studies at IWP. Additionally, it offers opportunities for her to engage in events that connect her with a vast network of current and former Rumsfeld Fellows, the majority of whom are actively involved in public service or policy-related fields.

A graduate of IWP’s M.A. program in Strategic Intelligence, Kerri is currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Statecraft and National Security program at IWP focusing on Strategy, Plans & Policy in the Middle East, with a concentration in cultural networks and supply chains.

She currently works for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) in strategy, planning, and policy development, creating and implementing new strategies to counter adversaries below the threshold of armed conflict. Prior to OSD, Kerri was the Lead Intelligence Planner at the Joint Staff during the withdrawal from Afghanistan, selected for President-directed delegations, briefing and advising U.S. and NATO General and Flag Officers with the goal of strengthening military relationships and security in South Asia. She received several awards and recognitions for her ability to integrate across the Defense Intelligence Enterprise for more holistic support to the mission. Kerri is an analyst by trade and deployed to Afghanistan with the NATO Special Operations Component Command/Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan (NSOCC/SOJTF-A).

Kerri is also a National Security Fellow alumna of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, where she was included on a delegation to the Middle East to participate in discussions with Israelis, Palestinians, and American decision-makers, journalists, military officials and the private sector, along with hands-on training exercises and red teaming. Kerri left with a nuanced understanding of regional challenges and security threats facing the Middle East and the West, as well as larger global implications associated with those threats in the 21st century.

IWP has been instrumental in paving the path for such opportunities, and Kerri looks forward to similar relationship building within the Rumsfeld Foundation Fellowship.

IWP students Jenna Akers and Taylor Weinsz are participating in the Rumsfeld Fellowship for the 2023-24 school year, and several other IWP students have received this Fellowship in past years. In 2021-22, three IWP students were awarded this Fellowship: Wainwright ClarkeKyle Kessler, and Francisco Pérez. Other IWP recipients include Nathan Bader in 2020, Lyndsay Amyot and Jordan Cain in 2019, Stephanie McGowen in 2017, Elizabeth Dillard and James Di Pane in 2016, a student in the Master of Arts in Strategic Intelligence Studies program in 2014, and Rebecca Buchheit in 2014.