James Townsend

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy
U. S. Department of Defense, Washington, D. C.

James J. Townsend Jr. is Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy, responsible for managing the day-to-day defense relationship between the United States, NATO, the EU and the nations of Europe. Before taking up his current position, Jim was a Vice President of the Atlantic Council of the United States and Director of the Council’s Program on International Security. Jim joined the Atlantic Council after a distinguished career at the Pentagon and at NATO. In the 1990s, Jim was the Principal Director of European and NATO Policy (2003-2006), the Director of NATO Policy (2002-2003) and the Director of the Defense Plans Division at the US Mission to NATO in Brussels, Belgium (1998-2002). Before beginning his tour at NATO, Mr. Townsend served for eight years (1990-1998) as Deputy Director of European Policy. From 1990 – 1994, Mr. Townsend was the Country Director for Northern Europe. Prior to his service on the European Policy staff, Mr. Townsend worked in the Defense Security Cooperation Agency as a Country Director for European security assistance and as the assistant to the DSCA Comptroller. Mr. Townsend has been awarded a Presidential Rank Award (Meritorious Executive), Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the Office of the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award (twice), the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence and the Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award. He is an adjunct professor of international studies at American University and has lectured overseas and in the US.

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15:30 - 17:00

Grand Hotel River Park