Vol. 47 - No. 3
Assistant Secretary General
for Defence Support
Focus on NATO
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
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.