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Audrey M. Schaffer

Audrey M. Schaffer is currently the Director for Space Strategy and Plans in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in the U.S. Department of Defense. In that role, she manages a team of military officers and civil servants responsible for policy and strategy initiatives to enhance space security. Her team develops DoD policy guidance; represents the DoD in U.S. Government interagency policy deliberations; negotiates multilateral diplomatic space security agreements; manages bilateral relationships with strategic international partners; and oversees strategic communications initiatives.

Ms. Schaffer has been with the Office of the Secretary of Defense since 2010, serving in a variety of capacities, including as the Deputy Director of Space Policy Engagement. Ms. Schaffer was also detailed to the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance within the Department of State, where she established and led the Bureau’s first cyber strategic stability policy team and cross-Bureau cyber working group.

Prior to joining the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Ms. Schaffer was an Air Force Presidential Management Fellow, rotating through assignments related to space policy, strategy, acquisition, and engagement.