Chad Sbragia

Research Staff Member
Institute for Defense Analyses


Chad Sbragia is a Research Staff Member at the Institute for Defense Analyses where he concentrates on U.S. national security and defense policy and analyses of China’s national and defense strategies and governance.

Prior to joining IDA, Mr. Sbragia served as the inaugural Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for China within the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Previously, Mr. Sbragia served as the Director of the China Research Group for the U.S. Marine Corps. He also served the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command as the Acting Director of the China Strategic Focus Group and as the Country Director for China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Mongolia.

Mr. Sbragia served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1985-2012 as an Infantry Officer and China Foreign Area Officer, including assignment as the U.S. Marine Attaché within the U.S. Embassy Beijing.

He holds a M.A. in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School, a B.S. in Political Science from Arizona State University, graduated the Defense Language Institute’s Chinese language program, and studied Chinese language at Capital Normal University in Beijing.

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