Todd Pennington

Senior Research Fellow, CSR

Pennington, Todd

Areas of Expertise:  Space, Nuclear, and Special Operations.

Mr. Todd Pennington is the Senior Research Fellow for Space Strategy and Policy at the Center for Strategic Research, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University. He previously served as Associate Deputy General Counsel for Intelligence at the Department of Defense Office of General Counsel. During his 25 years of active duty military service, Mr. Pennington also served as the chief legal counsel for U.S. Space Command and U.S. Space Force, and held positions with the Joint Staff and Joint Special Operations Command. 

Mr. Pennington specializes in space strategy and policy. He is the recipient of awards including the Burton Awards’ Public Service in the Military Award, U.S. Special Operations Command’s Major General William F. Garrison Award for excellence in legal support to special operations forces, and numerous military decorations. He has deployed eight times to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations.

Mr. Pennington earned his Juris Doctor from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis, and a Bachelor of Arts in political science and international relations from the University of Memphis. He is a graduate of the Program for Emerging Leaders at the Center for Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University, and is an individual member of the International Institute of Space Law.