Emily Otto is a Non-resident Fellow with the Digital Innovation Initiative and Transatlantic Defense and Security program at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA).
An Army Captain, Emily Otto serves in the Cyber National Mission Force (CNMF) of US Cyber Command after a decade of threat intelligence, cyber operations, and knowledge management for the Department of Defense.
As a Cyber Operations Officer, Emily has led a mission element—a subsection of a Cyber Protection Team—on defensive missions and led operational planning teams to translate national policy into operational orders to subordinate units. She has contributed to US Cyber Command's strategic planning, shaping the vision and future of cyber operations, including offensive, defensive, and information warfare. Additionally, she worked to standardize operating procedures and streamlined reporting specifically for Hunt Forward Operations. As a Knowledge Management Officer, she informed executive decisions on data, information, and knowledge management to increase efficiency at the Cyber Protection Brigade. Currently, Emily is transitioning out of military service to a career in national security research and policy analysis at the intersection of cybersecurity and geopolitics.
Emily holds a Master of International Affairs in National Security and Diplomacy from The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M and a BA in History from The University of Louisville.