Yll Bajraktari

Executive Director, National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI)
Virtual April 2021 Procurement Division Meeting

Yll Bajraktari serves as the Executive Director of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI). Prior to joining NSCAI, Mr. Bajraktari was a Distinguished
Visiting Research Fellow at the National Defense University’s Institute for National Strategic Studies on temporary assignment from the Office of the Secretary of Defense. While at NDU, Mr. Bajraktari planned and executed the first Artificial Intelligence seminar for rising military and civilian leaders. Mr. Bajraktari has worked for nearly a decade at the highest levels of U.S. national security advancing America’s security and interests. Prior to joining NDU, Mr. Bajraktari worked as the Chief of Staff to the National Security Advisor, LTG H.R. McMaster. In that capacity, Mr. Bajraktari led and directed action across the National Security Council, to best support and prepare the National Security Advisor to provide advice, options, and recommendations to the President. Prior to working at the White House, Mr. Bajraktari served for three years in a variety of leadership roles for the Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work. In that role, Mr. Bajraktari was instrumental in planning and executing the Third Offset Strategy, the Department of Defense’s signature strategic effort to strengthen the military’s advantage against future threats.

Mr. Bajraktari also served as the Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff GEN Martin Dempsey where he provided policy input to prepare the Chairman for his role as principal military advisor to the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council. Mr. Bajraktari served as the Country Director for India, where he successfully developed and executed major defense policy efforts to improve and deepen U.S. cooperation on military technology with India. Mr. Bajraktari began his career with the Department of Defense as a country director for Afghanistan, where he engaged key allies and partners in bilateral and multilateral forums to increase their troop contributions for the security mission in Afghanistan. Prior to entering government, Mr. Bajraktari worked on conflict and post-conflict issues at the prestigious U.S. Institute of Peace and Institute for Defense Analysis.

Born and raised in Kosovo, Mr. Bajraktari holds a B.A. degree in International Relations from the George Washington University and a M.A. in Public Policy from Harvard University.