Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs

From Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium
Jump to: navigation, search
This article is developing and not approved.
Main Article
Talk
Related Articles  [?]
Bibliography  [?]
External Links  [?]
Citable Version  [?]
 
This editable Main Article is under development and not meant to be cited; by editing it you can help to improve it towards a future approved, citable version. These unapproved articles are subject to a disclaimer.

Sometimes informally called the "Secretary of State for the Department of Defense", the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (ISA) is responsible for coordinating U.S. security and defense policies relating to the nations and international organizations of Europe (including NATO), the Middle East and Africa. Historically, it has been an influential post, more important than many other jobs at the Assistant Secretary level.

The incumbent, in the Obama administration, is a career Foreign Service Officer, Alexander Vershbow .

The Assistant Secretary reports to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and has six majr direct reports:

  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe & NATO
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia & Eurasia
  • Secretary of Defense Representative in the U.S. Mission to NATO
  • Secretary of Defense Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)

Past incumbents

Name Dates of office
John H. Ohly October 1, 1947 - December 1, 1949
James H.Burns, MG, USA (Ret.) December 6, 1949 - August 27, 1951
Frank C. Nash August 28, 1951 - February 28, 1954
H. Struve Hensel March 5, 1954 - June 30, 1955
Gordon Gray July 14, 1955 - February 27, 1957
Mansfield D. Sprague February 28, 1957 - October 3, 1958
John N. Irwin, II October 4, 1958 - January 19, 1961
Paul Nitze January 20, 1961 - November 29, 1963
William Bundy November 30, 1963 - March 15, 1964
John McNaughton March 16, 1964 - July 19, 1967
Paul Warnke August 1, 1967 - February 15, 1969
G. Warren Nutter March 4, 1969 - January 28, 1973
Robert C. Hill May 10, 1973 - January 4, 1974
Robert Ellsworth June 6, 1974 - December 23, 1975
Eugene V. McAuliffe May 6, 1976 - April 1, 1977
David E. McGiffert April 4, 1977 - January 20, 1981
Francis West. June 15, 1981 - April 1, 1983
Richard Armitage June 9, 1983 - June 5, 1989
Henry Rowen July 7, 1989 - July 31, 1991
James Lilley December 12, 1991 - Jaunary 16, 1993
Chas Freeman July 6, 1993 - September 5, 1994
Joseph Nye September 15, 1994 - December 14, 1995
Franklin Kramer March 29, 1996 - February 16, 2001
Peter Rodman July 1, 2001 - March 2, 2007