Joseph McMillan, a career member of the Senior Executive Service, was appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (ISA) on April 13, 2009. As such, he oversees the formulation, coordination, and implementation of strategy and policy involving Africa, Europe and NATO, the Middle East, and most of the former Soviet Union. He also serves as one of the key advisers to the Secretary of Defense on issues related to these regions.
Mr. McMillan joined the Department of Defense in 1978 as a logistics analyst in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. He later served as chief of the plans branch at the Defense Fuel Supply Center before moving on to the Defense Security Assistance Agency, where he served as country director for Pakistan, Jordan, India, and several other countries. In 1988, he was transferred to the Policy staff of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he held a series of regional portfolios dealing with defense and security issues affecting the Persian Gulf, Levant, South Asia, North Africa, and the former Soviet Union. In 1997 he was named Principal Director for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia. The following year he was promoted to the Senior Executive Service and became Principal Director for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs.
In 2001, Mr. McMillan moved to the National Defense University, first as a visiting fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS), then as academic chairman of the Near East-South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, and finally as a senior research fellow at INSS, where he focused on issues related to terrorism and radicalism, Middle Eastern and South Asian affairs, ungoverned areas, and management of international coalitions. His major publications include In the Same Light as Slavery: Building a Global Antiterrorist Consensus (2006), a number of journal articles and monographs, and major contributions to the edited volumes, Strategic Challenges: America’s Global Security Agenda (2008) and America’s Security Role in a Changing World: A Global Strategic Assessment (2009).
Mr. McMillan holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Alabama, did graduate studies at Vanderbilt University, and is a 1992 distinguished graduate of the National War College. He is a recipient of the Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Medal (twice) and the Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Medal. He and his wife, Lorraine Hricik McMillan, are the parents of Alexandra and John.