Elissa Slotkin is currently the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. She is the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Defense on security strategy and policy issues related to the nations and international organizations of Europe (including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization), Russia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Western Hemisphere. She also has oversight for security cooperation programs, including foreign military sales in these regions.
Previously, from September 2012 to January 2015, Ms. Slotkin served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. From July 2013 to August 2014, she performed the duties of Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.
Ms. Slotkin joined the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy in 2011 as the Senior Advisor for Middle East Transition, and prior to that served in the State Department where she worked closely on Iraq policy during the transition from military to civilian lead.
Ms. Slotkin has also served on the National Security Council as Director for Iraq, where her portfolio included a leading role in drafting of the U.S. - Iraq Status of Forces Agreement. Her career in government began in the intelligence community, where she served in Iraq for nearly 24 months and as Special Assistant to the first Director of National Intelligence, John Negroponte. In addition to her government experience, Ms. Slotkin has worked at non-profit organizations throughout the Middle East and East Africa.
Raised in Michigan, Ms. Slotkin was educated at Cornell and Columbia University’s school of Public Affairs.