Dustin Carmack

Dustin Carmack

Former Research Fellow, Cybersecurity, Intelligence, and Emerging Technologies, Border Security and Immigration Center

Dustin was a research fellow for cybersecurity, intelligence, and emerging technologies at The Heritage Foundation.

This expert is no longer a staff member at The Heritage Foundation.

Dustin Carmack was a research fellow for cybersecurity, intelligence, and emerging technologies at The Heritage Foundation.

Carmack studied and wrote about evolving domestic and international technology trends, “Big Tech”, national security, and intelligence issues.

Before joining Heritage, Carmack worked at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) as Chief of Staff for the Director of National Intelligence, where he worked on cybersecurity and the continuing impact of the SolarWinds breach, space-based technology and intelligence threats, election security threats, IC ethics of artificial intelligence principles and framework, response from the IC to COVID-19, and the strategic national security threat of China, among other issues.

Before his time at ODNI, he worked in the House of Representatives as Chief of Staff to Congressman John Ratcliffe (TX-04) and Congressman Ron DeSantis (FL-06). In this role, he served as the principal policy, communications, and political advisor to the congressmen who served collectively on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Judiciary, Homeland Security, Oversight & Government Reform, and Ethics Committees. Before going to the Hill, Dustin worked at Heritage Action for America as the House and Senate Legislative Strategist. He also worked at The Heritage Foundation as the Deputy Executive Branch Liaison and Legislative Events Coordinator.

Carmack holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. He also studied as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar at Tel Aviv University in Israel where he pursued a Masters in Middle Eastern History, Hebrew, and Arabic.

He earned the Director of National Intelligence’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding service and exceptional contribution to the mission of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. In addition, he was a 2019 Class Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute.


Beating China in the Race for Quantum Supremacy Dustin Carmack

Apr 5, 2023 Over an hour read



Assessing the Non-Kinetic Battlespace Dustin Carmack

Oct 31, 2022 8 min read


Do More To Prevent Chinese Espionage Dustin Carmack

Sep 1, 2022 4 min read



CHIPS Is a Missed Opportunity for Real Security Dustin Carmack

Aug 2, 2022 14 min read