Douglas J. Feith, Peter W. Rodman and Peter T.R. Brookes have assumed senior policy positions in the Department of Defense.
Douglas J. Feith was sworn in as under secretary of Defense for Policy on July 16. Under the direction of the secretary of Defense, Feith is the principal assistant and advisor to the secretary and deputy secretary of Defense for all matters concerning the formulation of national security and defense policy, and the integration and oversight of DoD policy and plans to achieve national security objectives.
Feith most recently was managing attorney of Feith & Zell, P.C., in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Harvard College and Georgetown University Law Center, Feith served as deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Negotiations Policy from 1984 to 1986, as a special counsel in the office of the secretary of Defense from 1982 to 1984 and as a Middle East specialist on the National Security Council staff from 1981 to 1982. He worked as an attorney with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Kampelman from 1978 to 1981.
Peter W. Rodman was sworn in as assistant secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs on July 16. Under the direction of the under secretary of Defense for Policy, he is a principal advisor to the secretary of Defense on the formulation and coordination of international security strategy and policy, with responsibility for East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and Persian Gulf, Africa and Latin America.
Rodman most recently was director of national security programs at The Nixon Center in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Harvard College, Oxford University and Harvard Law School, Rodman was senior editor of the National Review from 1991 to 1999. He served as special assistant to the president for National Security Affairs and National Security Council counselor from 1987 to 1990, deputy assistant to the president for National Security Affairs from 1986 to 1987 and director of the State Department Policy Planning Staff from 1984 to 1985. During the Nixon and Ford administrations, Rodman was a member of the National Security Council staff and special assistant to Henry Kissinger.
Peter T.R. Brookes assumed duties as deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Affairs on July 16. Under the direction of the assistant secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, he is responsible for policy development, planning, guidance and oversight for the Asia-Pacific region.
Brookes most recently served as the principal advisor for East Asian affairs with the Republican staff of the House Committee on International Relations. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and Johns Hopkins University, Brookes has served in a variety of public and private organizations, including Science Applications International Corp., the Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, the State Department and E-Systems. Brookes served on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1982 to 1989 and has more than 1,300 flight hours in the EP-3 reconnaissance aircraft.