Mr. Kenneth Kligge

Deputy Director


Mr. Kenneth Kligge joined CASL in September 2002, and has been its Deputy Director since 2017. He previously served as CASL's Director of the Wargaming Division at the Center for Applied Strategic Learning from 2010-2017. As such, he was responsible for all aspects of development and delivery of experiential learning events for the colleges and components of the main campus on Ft. McNair and the adjunct location on Fort Bragg and to end-users outside NDU on a not-to-interfere basis. He directs and leads the externally funded team responsible for the OSD (Policy) National Security Policy Analysis Forum (NSPAF) program. This program brings together senior officials from across the interagency community for a series of tabletop exercises looking at potential national security crises, most of which have the possibility to occur “just over the horizon.”

Mr. Kligge has a varied background. From 1996-2000, Mr. Kligge was a computer repair technician dealing with all aspects of hardware, software, and network repair at a college campus with approximately 3,000 personal and college-owned computers. During this time, he also served as deputy to the Director of Computing Services’ Hardware Repair Center and lead technician for networking the nearly 600 new student computers every summer.  He also served a Member of Congress where he was responsible for in-district communications and staff work, particularly on matters dealing with the Defense Department, including BRAC issues surrounding the Willow Grove Naval Air Station (now the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove) in Pennsylvania.  He also worked for two years in a national recruiting firm where he served in the Washington, DC office in the finance and accounting permanent search team.  While there, he was often called upon for special projects including giving a briefing to all DC office employees on the threat surrounding and personal gross decontamination requirements associated with biological weapons, specifically anthrax, in the wake of the September 11th attacks and the “Amerithrax” attacks that occurred just one week later. He was also personally responsible for ensuring safe procedures were in place for all mail entering and being opened in the office.

Mr. Kligge completed his Masters in International Affairs, Security Studies at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs where he focused on terrorism as well as WMD policies. Prior to George Washington, Mr. Kligge attended Lafayette College where he graduated with honors in International Affairs and Government & Law. His undergraduate thesis was entitled, “Missile Escrow: A New Policy Proposal for Nuclear Arms Reduction.” His areas of research and interest include terrorism, nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and associated policies, and Russia and Eastern Europe.