Eric Sayers joined BGS in January 2018
Prior to joining BGS, Mr. Sayers was a consultant to the Commander’s Action Group at U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) where he served as Special Assistant to the Commander. In this capacity, he advised Admiral Harry Harris on strategic engagements and special initiatives in the Indo-Pacific theater and Washington D.C..
From 2014-2016, Mr. Sayers served as a Professional Staff Member with the majority staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee, where he managed the Asia-Pacific/Pacific Command policy portfolio and advised Chairman John S. McCain (R-AZ) on regional security issues. During his time on the Committee he staffed numerous Congressional Delegation (CODEL) trips to the Indo-Pacific region, including Japan, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Singapore.
Prior to working on the SASC, he served as Defense Policy Advisor to Congressman J. Randy Forbes (R-VA) from 2011-2014. In this capacity, he led Rep. Forbes’ personal office national security and defense policy duties related to his work as Chairman of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee (2011-2012) and Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee (2013-2014).
Before working on Capitol Hill, Mr. Sayers was a resident Sasakawa Peace Foundation Fellow at the Pacific Forum CSIS, where his research focused on the U.S.-Japan alliance and maritime security and naval strategy in Asia. As part of this research effort, he spent 9 months traveling throughout Japan, China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore.
He began his Washington career as a National Security Research Assistant at The Heritage Foundation.
In 2013, Mr. Sayers was selected for the Next Generation National Security Leader fellowship at the Center for a New American Security. He was also selected in 2011 by the Diplomatic Courier as one of the “Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders.”
Mr. Sayers is an Adjunct Fellow on Asian Security at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He is a term-member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mr. Sayers holds an M.Sc. in Strategic Studies from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore and an M.A. and B.A. in Political Science from The University of Western Ontario.