Melissa Dalton appointed DOD Assistant Secretary for Homeland Defense, Global Security Affairs

Melissa DaltonPrincipal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Strategy, Plans and Capabilities at the Department of Defense, has been appointed to the post of DOD Assistant Secretary for Homeland Defense and Global Security Affairs.

She assumed her current role in January 2021 after serving as a senior fellow and deputy director of the international security program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the White House announced Friday.

In his current capacity, Dalton advises DOD officials on matters related to national security and defense strategy and policies related to missile defense and security cooperation strategies.

His research work at the Washington, DC-based think tank aimed to strengthen the principled foundations of the nation’s defense strategy and military missions.

Dalton joined CSIS in 2014 after various public service roles with DOD, such as senior adviser for force planning, special assistant to the Undersecretary of Defense, and political adviser to the commander of the International Assistance Force. security in Kabul, Afghanistan.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

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