James J. Townsend, Jr.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy,
US Department of Defense
Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
Jim Townsend, who attended the NATO Defense Ministerial with US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last week, will brief the Atlantic Council on the major implications and significance of these developments. The conversation will be off-the-record.
James J. Townsend Jr. (Jim) was appointed deputy assistant secretary of defense for European and NATO policy in 2009 and has since been 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 at the Atlantic Council and directed the Council’s Program on International Security. Jim joined the Atlantic Council after a distinguished career at the Pentagon and at NATO. 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).
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