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Klon Kitchen

Managing Director, Beacon Global Strategies

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Klon Kitchen is a Managing Director at Beacon Global Strategies and leads the firm’s Global Technology Policy Practice. He is a proven national security practitioner, scholar, and advisor, with more than two decades of experience helping government and industry leaders to anticipate and navigate geopolitical risk challenges.

Mr. Kitchen is also a globally recognized scholar and speaker. He is a non-resident senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, he has testified before Congress multiple times, published numerous scholarly papers and articles, and appeared on CBS News’ “60 Minutes.” He has also been published or featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, the Financial Times, The Washington Times, and many other publications.

Before joining Beacon Global Strategies, Mr. Kitchen was national security adviser to former Senator Ben Sasse and worked on the creation of the U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission, a blue-ribbon commission tasked with developing an American grand strategy for cyber. While working for Sasse, he also served as the Staff Director of the National Security and International Trade and Finance Subcommittee for the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

Prior to his service in the Senate, Mr. Kitchen spent more than 15 years as an intelligence officer working on counterterrorism, counterproliferation, covert action, cyber, and other issues. During this time, he deployed to multiple combat zones and was awarded several honors, including the civilian combat support medal, the civilian expeditionary medal, and a special commendation from the Commander of Joint Special Operations Command.

Mr. Kitchen has an MA in strategy and security studies from the College of International Security Affairs and a War College Diploma in security strategy and irregular warfare from the National War College, both from National Defense University.