Last Event: Thursday June 10 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Authors and Insights: Christian Brose and Nick Rasmussen

Join the McCain Institute for International Leadership for its next installment of its book talk virtual series on Thursday, June 10. This event will feature Head of Strategy of Anduril Industries and Former Staff Director of the Senate Armed Service Committee Christian Brose and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the McCain Institute and Former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Nicholas Rasmussen. They will discuss Brose's newest book, "The Kill Chain: Defending America in the Future of High-Tech Warfare."

Two lucky attendees will receive copies of "The Kill Chain: Defending America in the Future of High-Tech Warfareby Christian Brose! The winners, drawn at random, will be notified by email after the event.



Christian Brose is the Chief Strategy Officer of Anduril Industries, a venture-backed defense technology company. He is responsible for business strategy, development and growth and positioning the company to build technologies that solve the most important defense problems. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a member of the Aspen Strategy Group.

From 2014-2018, he was the staff director of the Senate Armed Services Committee. In that capacity, he led a team of professional staff who supported Chairman John McCain and other majority Committee members in overseeing the national defense budget, programs and policies across the Department of Defense and Department of Energy, as well as supervising the confirmation of all senior civilian and military officials in both Departments. He managed the production, negotiation and final passage of four National Defense Authorization Acts (Fiscal Years 2016-2019), which established policy and authorized spending for all U.S. national defense activities. In that time, he was responsible for leading the Committee’s efforts to launch, and enact into law, landmark reforms to acquisition and technology policy, defense management and organization, strategic planning, military personnel policy and security assistance.

From 2009-14, he served as senior policy adviser to Senator John McCain, supporting his work on the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He was Senator’s McCain’s principal advisor on all issues related to national security, foreign policy, intelligence and trade. During his work in the Senate, he conducted official travel to more than 70 countries. See full bio here.

Nicholas Rasmussen is a non-resident senior fellow at the McCain Institute and is a national security professional with over 27 years in U.S. government service, including in senior counterterrorism posts at the White House and in the U.S. Intelligence Community from 2001 to 2017. He concluded his government career as director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), leading more than 1,000 professionals from across the Intelligence Community, federal government and federal contractor workforce.

Rasmussen served in senior posts across three administrations, including as special assistant to the president and senior director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council staff under Presidents Bush and Obama before being appointed director of NCTC by President Obama and continuing his tenure at the request of President Trump’s administration. From 1991-2001, he served in policy positions at the Department of State, focused on the Middle East. See full bio here.


While the U.S. faces a range of challenges these days – both here at home and on the world stage – the McCain Institute maintains that all of them can be met by reaffirming character-driven leadership. To bolster its message, the Institute hosts Authors and Insights Book Talk Series. Through this “reverse book tour,” Institute leaders interview authors of important newly-released books on American politics, policy and leadership with the intention to engage the American people in a dialogue that affirms the importance of character-driven leadership and America’s leadership in the international community. The result will be a blueprint for a brighter future.

McCain Institute Authors & Insights Book Talk Series: Christian Brose and Nicholas Rasmussen

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