Dr. Matthew Spence is Affiliate at CISAC, and a Managing Director at Guggenheim Partners, where he focuses on cybersecurity and emerging technologies.
Prior to entering the private sector, Matthew spent six years in senior national security positions in the U.S. government. From 2012 to 2015, Matthew served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy, where he was the principal advisor to three Secretaries of Defense for U.S. defense policy in the Middle State. He was responsible for fourteen countries in the Middle East, including Syria, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Egypt, and the Gulf states. During his time at the Pentagon, Matthew traveled to the region over 30 times, testified before Congress, and played a central role in U.S. military planning, arms sales negotiations, and cybersecurity in the Middle East.