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WASHINGTON – Daniel R. Green, defense fellow with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, was appointed to the position of deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and force development, the research institution announced today.

"Dan is a perfect fit for this important role at the Pentagon," said Washington Institute executive director Robert Satloff. "He brings to the position a rare combination of scholarly excellence and professional experience that will make him an invaluable contributor to the making and execution of defense policy. All his colleagues join in wishing him great success in fulfilling his new responsibilities."

Green has been a defense fellow with the Institute since 2011, focusing on counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency, and stability operations in the Middle East and Central Asia. He is the author of In the Warlords' Shadow: Special Operations Forces, the Afghans, and their Fight with the Taliban (Naval Institute Press, 2017), co-author of Fallujah Redux: The Anbar Awakening and the Struggle with al-Qaeda (Naval Institute Press, 2014), and author of The Valley's Edge: A Year with the Pashtuns in the Heartland of the Taliban (Potomac Books, 2011). Green has also written over fifty-five journal articles, op-eds, and policy analysis studies.

Daniel Green serves as a reserve officer with the U.S. Navy and has completed multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, most recently as a tribal and political engagement officer in Baghdad (2015-2016). His prior deployments include service in Afghanistan (2012) as a tribal and political engagement officer in Uruzgan province; as the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command liaison officer to the U.S. Embassy's Office of Interagency Provincial Affairs in Afghanistan (2009-2010); as a tribal and political engagement officer in Fallujah, Iraq (2007); and as a civilian with the Department of State as the political advisor to the Tarin Kowt Provincial Reconstruction Team in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan (2005-2006).

In Green's new capacity as deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and force development, he will be  the principal civilian advisor to the assistant secretary of defense for strategy, plans, and capabilities in providing long-term anticipatory and strategic perspective on security issues and advising on policies, strategies, processes, and capabilities to advance U.S. interest. His office is responsible for developing the National Defense Strategy, the Defense Planning Guidance, as well as various defense planning scenarios.

Green holds a PhD and an MPhil in political science from The George Washington University, an MS in international affairs from Florida State University, along with dual BAs in political science, history and CLEG (communications, legal institutions, economics and government) from American University.

About the Washington Institute: The Washington Institute is an independent, nonpartisan research institution funded exclusively by U.S. citizens that seeks to advance a balanced and realistic understanding of American interests in the Middle East and to promote the policies that secure them. Drawing on the research of its fellows and the experience of its policy practitioners, the Institute promotes informed debate and scholarly research on U.S. policy in the region.

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