John A. Gans, Jr. is the Director of Communications and Research. Prior to becoming the Director of Communications and Research in November 2018, Gans was our Global Order Program Manager, from November 2017 to November 2018. Prior to this, Gans was the chief speechwriter to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. He served as the principal advisor to the Secretary Carter on planning, positioning, and preparation of remarks; managed a team of writers; and drafted dozens of speeches delivered around the world. In addition to leading the writing team at the Defense Department, Gans served as senior speechwriter for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew.
Gans is finalizing the publication of a book on the people and the power of the National Security Council staff, which will be published by a division of W.W. Norton. Gans earned his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, where he also taught for several years.