Ylli Bajraktari is the President and CEO of the Special Competitive Studies Project (SCSP). Prior to launching SCSP, he served as the Executive Director of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence. Beforehand, Mr. Bajraktari served as Chief of Staff to National Security Advisor Ltg H.R. McMaster, held a variety of leadership roles for former Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work, and was a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has also served in the Office of the Undersecretary for Policy as a country director for Afghanistan and India. Mr. Bajraktari has received the Department of Defense’s Distinguished Civilian Service Medal – the highest award given to career DoD civilian employees. He received his B.A. from George Washington University and his MPP from Harvard University.