Melissa Dalton appointed DOD Deputy Secretary for Home Defense and Global Security Affairs

Melissa Dalton, Senior Assistant Deputy Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans and Capabilities

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

She took up her current role in January 2021 after serving as a senior researcher and deputy director of the international security program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the White House said on Friday.

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

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

Dalton joined CSIS in 2014 after holding various public service positions within DOD, such as Senior Force Planning Advisor, Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense, and Political Advisor to the International Force Commander. security assistance in Kabul, Afghanistan.

She holds a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

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