Eric Kuznar is an Analyst at NSI, Inc. In this role, he has provided research and analysis on a variety of national security topics, including risk assessment, great power competition, rare earth mineral extraction, network modeling, the impacts of climate change on security, state stability, arms transfers, and strategic deterrence. He is the lead author of the Strategic Multilayer Assessment’s (US Joint Staff) Weekly Newsletter. Prior to becoming a full-time employee at NSI, Eric worked part-time while completing his MA in Political Science at Ball State University. While at Ball State, he completed and presented research on the impact of prescription opioid abuse on Midwestern counties and their socioeconomic performance. Before pursuing his MA, Eric completed his BA at Ball State with a dual major in Telecommunications and Journalism, where he covered stories throughout central Indiana writing for TheCurrent, which owns a string of newspapers in Indianapolis Indiana, as well as the Ball State Daily News.