Caroline Pestel is a civil servant at the U.S. Department of Defense, currently detailed to the National Security Council at the White House where she serves as the Senior Advisor and Chief of Staff to the Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technologies. At the Department of Defense, Caroline is the Senior Advisor to the Director of the Office of Net Assessment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where she leads special projects assessing long-term future U.S., allied, and adversary military, economic, and geopolitical competitiveness.
Caroline is a former Active Duty U.S. Army Intelligence Officer and Iraq War Veteran and currently serves in the U.S. Army Reserve. She was an Honor Graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where was Captain of the Women’s DIV I Track & Field Team, and holds a M.A. in Intelligence Studies, a M.P.M. from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, and is an alumnus of Stanford Graduate School of Business’ Ignite Program. Caroline is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the West Point Society of DC, West Point Women, and Dialog.