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Updated: 06-Dec-2000 NATO Review

Web edition
Vol. 47 - No. 3
Autumn 1999
p. 25

New NATO Assistant Secretary General
for Defence Support

Focus on NATO

Mr. Robert Bell has been appointed Assistant Secretary General for Defence Support, succeeding Mr. Norman Ray.

Mr. Bell graduated in international affairs from the US Air Force Academy in Colorado in 1969, going on to study international security at Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University (1969-70), and then defence policy and Soviet foreign policy at John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (1971-72).

He served as Squadron Commander in the field of air traffic control and communications until 1975, when he joined the Congressional Research Service (CRS) at the Library of Congress in Washington, where he wrote reports for Members of Congress on strategic issues. In 1979, he spent a year as Staff Director of the Military Committee at the North Atlantic Assembly in Brussels. After returning briefly to the CRS, he was then appointed principal staff aide for defence policy and arms control to the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in 1981. In 1984, he became principal staff assistant for strategic policy, nuclear forces and NATO weapons cooperation issues to the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services.

He joined the National Security Council, White House Staff, at the beginning of 1993, as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for Defence Policy and Arms Control.