Daniel Y. Chiu, Ph.D.

Daniel Y. Chiu is the Director of the Joint Advanced Warfighting Division — a post he assumed in March 2017. Dr. Chiu leads a staff of more than 40 IDA researchers working to stimulate breakthrough improvements in joint military capabilities and concepts of operation with a focus on Joint Experimentation and Defense Innovation.

Prior to joining IDA, he served as Director of Strategy at the Atlantic Council and Deputy Director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. He is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), where he was responsible for developing national defense strategy and guidance for defense investments in military force structure, technology, and non-materiel solutions. He led work for the Office of the Secretary of Defense on strategic planning with an emphasis on global trends in a complex, dynamic, and globalized security environment. He also oversaw the strategic analysis process, products, and community, using innovative methodologies and tools to assess and manage a wide range of disparate risks across DoD. Appointed to serve in the Pentagon in 2009, Dr. Chiu led work on the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance, and the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review.

Prior to his appointment, Dr. Chiu had a long career as a senior consultant and analyst for DoD at the Institute for Defense Analyses, the Hicks and Associates Center for Adaptive Strategies and Threats, DFI International, and the Center for Naval Analyses.  He has also served as a consultant to the Defense Science Board, leader of the Defense Adaptive Red Team, and as an adjunct professor of international relations and public policy.

Dr. Chiu earned his BA with honors in Political Science from McGill University.  He received his MA in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and his PhD in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University with sub-specialization in quantitative methods and Asian studies.