Senior Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States; Former Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs, Washington, D.C.
Joseph R. Wood is Director of International Government Relations at BAE Systems Inc. and Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. From 2005 until 2008, he was Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs at the White House, with responsibility for all policy involving Europe, Eurasia, and Africa. He is a retired Air Force colonel, and his career included operational and command fighter assignments in Korea and Europe; faculty duty in the Department of Political Science at the Air Force Academy where he taught U.S. foreign and defense policy; service at the Pentagon as speech writer for the Chief of Staff and Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force; two years as Special Advisor for Europe in the Office of the Vice President; and temporary assignments in the Joint Staff, the U.S. Mission to the Conventional Forces in Europe Talks in Vienna, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and NATO SHAPE Headquarters in Mons, Belgium. After retiring from the Air Force, he was appointed a member of the career Senior Executive Service at NASA Headquarters. He later worked as a Senior Defense Research Analyst at the RAND Corporation's Washington office.
Mr. Wood is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado and the French Joint Defense College in Paris, and he holds a Masters degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government where his studies focused on U.S. foreign/defense policy and European politics.