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Jeffrey White is a defense fellow at The Washington Institute, specializing in the military and security affairs of the Levant and Iran. He is widely sought out as a commentator on military issues involving Syria, Israel, Hizballah, the Gaza conflict, and Iran.
Before joining the Institute, Mr. White completed a thirty-four-year career with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). He was a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service (DISES), and served in a wide variety of senior analytical and leadership positions, including: imagery analyst, military capabilities analyst, current intelligence analyst, senior analyst for the Arab-Israeli confrontation states, chief of the Middle East current intelligence division, chief of the Office for Middle East/Africa Military Assessments, and chief of the Regional Military Assessments Group. In these capacities, Mr. White participated in operational and policy planning and wrote extensively for senior defense officials, including the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
As an intelligence officer in the DIA, Mr. White provided intelligence support during multiple Middle East crises, from the 1968 Arab-Israeli War of Attrition to the developing conflict with Iraq in 2002. He led numerous crisis intelligence response groups within the agency, including those dealing with the Lebanese civil war, the Israeli-Syrian conflict in Lebanon, U.S. operations against Libya, U.S. naval operations in the Persian Gulf, and multiple Iraq crises from 1994 to 2002. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. White provided extensive intelligence support to both Israeli-Syrian and Israeli-PLO negotiations.
Mr. White has received numerous awards for distinguished service as an intelligence officer, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service, the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, and the DIA Directors Awards for Exceptional and Meritorious Civilian Service.
M.A., international affairs, George Washington University; B.A., University of Virginia
October 4, 2006
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