Lorry M. Fenner, Ph.D. currently serves as the Director of the Conflict Records Research Center and Senior Research Fellow under the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. She came to NDU after nearly five years as a Professional Staff Member for the House Armed Services Committee acting as the staff lead for the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee for four of those years. Retired from the U.S. Air Force after 26 years as an intelligence officer and space operations officer as well as an academic, she held a variety of command and staff jobs worldwide. In addition to assignments as a satellite systems flight commander, signals intelligence squadron commander, deputy group commander, and vice wing commander, she served on Major Command staffs, the Air Staff, the Joint Staff (J-5, Strategy Division), and the Secretary of Defense’s staff. Dr. Fenner also served on the staff of the Scowcroft Commission (NSPD-5, Comprehensive Review of Intelligence, 2001) and the 9/11 Commission (2003-2004) and as a Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States (2002-2003). She taught history at the U.S. Air Force Academy and strategic studies at the National War College.

She earned a Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan, an M.S. in National Security Strategy from the National War College at NDU, an M.A. in Central European History from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in Secondary Education from Arizona State University.