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James H. Baker

Director, Office of Net Assessment


Mr. Jim Baker is the Director of the Office of Net Assessment (ONA), the Department of Defense’s source of deep, long term future thinking on strategies and opportunities that improve the U.S. position in military-economic-political competition. As the Director of ONA, Mr. Baker is responsible for providing the Secretary of Defense and other senior leaders with independent comparative assessments of the prospects of the military capabilities of the United States relative to other actors, as well as the political, economic and regional implications of those assessments. He previously served as Strategist and advisor to two Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He holds four graduate degrees, two in engineering disciplines and two in security studies from military institutions.