Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld today named Powell A. Moore as secretary of defense representative (SecDefRep) to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) succeeding Ambassador David R. Nicholas, who died while in office on March 13, 2005.
Moore will also serve as the SecDefRep to the OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation; the Joint Consultative Group established by the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty; and the Open Skies Consultative Commission established by the Open Skies Treaty.
Moore, 68, is a native of Milledgeville, Ga. He graduated from the University of Georgia in Athens in 1959. After graduation, he was commissioned as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army and served for more than three years with tours in Baumholder, Germany, and Fort Benning, Ga.
Moore has been active in public policy affairs in Washington for more than 39 years with service as assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs under President Ronald Reagan; on the White House staff under Presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan; and as chief of staff for former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee. He began his Washington career in 1966 on the staff of Sen. Richard B. Russell of Georgia.
Prior to his selection as SecDefRep, Moore served as managing director of Federal Government Relations for McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP beginning in February 2005. He most recently served in government as the assistant secretary of defense for legislative affairs under Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld during the first term of President George W. Bush.