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Assistant Secretary General
for Defence Investment

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Marshall S. Billingslea

2003 -

The Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment is responsible for the promotion of NATO armaments cooperation policies and programs, and for military common funding. The ASG is Chairman of NATO’s Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD) and Chairman of the Board of Directors for NATO’s Consultation, Command, and Control Organization, and oversees management of the NATO Security Investment Programme. The Defense Investment Division also has responsibilities in the areas of defense against terrorism, intelligence support, airspace management, air and missile defense, and collaboration with non-NATO partner nations.

Prior to assuming the position of ASG(DI) in January, 2004, Marshall Billingslea served as the Acting Assistant U.S. Secretary of Defense for Special Operations / Low-Intensity Conflict. As such, he was the principal civilian advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Defense on Special Operations Forces and counter-terrorism efforts against al’Qaida and other terrorist groups. Mr. Billingslea had overall responsiblity for the supervision of all special operations activities of the Department of Defense, and served as the Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of U.S. Special Operations Command. In November, 2003, Mr. Billingslea received from Secretary Rumsfeld the Medal for Distinguished Public Service for his work in counter-terrorism.

Prior to that, Mr. Billingslea was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Negotiations Policy – the U.S. Secretary of Defense’s chief negotiator for all major international agreements. He was the principal DoD representative on numerous U.S. arms control delegations, and the U.S. Head of Delegation for Transparency and Verification negotiations with the Russian Federation in connection with the Moscow Treaty on Strategic Nuclear Reductions.

Before joining Secretary Rumsfeld’s Pentagon staff, Mr. Billingslea served for over six years as the Senior Professional Staff Member for National Security Affairs on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He was the senior advisor to the Chairman and members of the Committee on all proliferation, arms control, defense, intelligence, and counter-terrorism issues within the Committee’s purview. Further, Mr. Billingslea conducted day-to-day oversight of the U.S. arms sales process, and was responsible for reviewing and approving all exports licensed under the U.S. Munitions List and the Arms Export Control Act.

Marshall Billingslea received his Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1995, and graduated Cum Laude with High Honors from Dartmouth College. He is married to Karen Anne Billingslea, and has two daughters – Morgan Alyssa and Elsa Breanne.

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