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Friday, November 14, 2014

President Nominates DoD’s Slotkin to Key International Security Affairs Job



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WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2014 – President Barack Obama has nominated Elissa Slotkin to be assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs.

Slotkin has been DoD’s principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs since 2012.

“I am honored that these talented individuals have decided to serve our country,” Obama said in a White House statement. “They bring their years of experience and expertise to this administration, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”

Slotkin has been the principal deputy under secretary of defense for policy since 2013. She was chief of staff to the assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs in 2012, and from 2011 to ’12 she was a DoD senior adviser for Middle East Transition.

From 2009 to ’11, Slotkin was a senior adviser on Iraq at the State Department, and from 2007 to ’09, she was the National Security Council’s director for Iraq.

Slotkin also worked at the Central Intelligence Agency and in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence from 2003 to ’ 07. Previously, she worked for organizations in Massachusetts, Israel, Tanzania and Kenya.

Slotkin received a bachelor’s from Cornell University and a master’s from Columbia University.  Her nomination is subject to Senate confirmation. 

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