Bringing almost two decades of experience in the defense and security field, including postings in both the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Congress, Catherine Sendak was named as the Director for Transatlantic Defense and Security by the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA).

Sendak is a recognized thought leader on issues related to Russia, NATO, European defense and U.S. national security. Sendak will lead CEPA’s core work to ensure the future of European security, cohere allies’ response to Russia’s war against Ukraine and maintain the transatlantic alliance’s competitive edge.

Sendak joins CEPA from Business Executives for National Security, where she served as Vice President for Policy and Projects. Prior to that, she served as the Principal Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy at the Department of Defense, where she led efforts to address national security priorities, including the great-power competition with Russia and stability and security throughout Eastern Europe. Preceding her time at the Department of Defense, she worked for more than a decade on Capitol Hill on both the House and Senate Armed Services Committees.

Sendak will be based in CEPA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.