Kori Schake is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. She was senior policy adviser to the McCain-Palin campaign (2008), responsible for policy development and outreach in the areas of foreign and defense policy.
She was the deputy director for policy planning in the state department (2007-8). In addition to staff management, she worked on resourcing and organizational effectiveness issues, including a study of what it would take to transform the state department to enable integrated political, economic, and military strategies. During President George W. Bush's first term, she was the director for Defense Strategy and Requirements on the National Security Council.
She has held the Distinguished Chair of International Security Studies at West Point and also served on the faculties of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, the University of Maryland’s School of Public Affairs, and the National Defense University.