Ms. Mercedes Carmela Fitchett joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in September 2019.

Ms. Fitchett is a Senior Acquisition Specialist in the U.S. Air Force serving as a Joint Capability Integration Program Manager at USNDOPACOM’s Requirements and Resources Directorate. She is a graduate of Pomona College (cum laude, B.A Economics), Georgetown University (Master of Science in Foreign Service), Air War College and the Dwight D. Eisenhower School at National Defense University (Master of Science in National Resource Strategy). At the Eisenhower School, she completed a research thesis on “Indonesia – Lessons Learned in Addressing the Security Threat from Female Returnees and Deportees of ISIS” for which she was awarded the National Defense University Women, Peace and Security Research and Writing Award.

At Air Force, Ms. Fitchett was responsible for analyzing and assessing acquisition programs in the Space and Battle Management portfolios for performance execution and investment dollars management. In 2017, Ms. Fitchett spent three months with the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) in Silicon Valley to advance acquisition innovation using Other Transactions Authority with non-traditional vendors. Ms. Fitchett began her civil service career with the International Trade Administration (ITA) of the US Department of Commerce as an Outstanding Scholar. She served in several international economist positions at ITA, the World Bank, U.S. Agency for International Development and Office of the Secretary of Defense’s (OSD) Task Force Business Stability Operations – Iraq. She serves on the Air Force Board for the Correction of Military Records and is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has received numerous awards to include the Award for Meritorious Civilian Service, and the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce’s recognition as one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans. Ms. Fitchett is a former collegiate (NCAA Division III) tennis player, bicyclist, skier and outdoor enthusiast.

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