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James A Hursch

Director of the Defense Technology Security Administration
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James A Hursch

James A. Hursch, a member of the Senior Executive Service, was appointed to the position of Director of the Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA) in March 2010, having previously served as the Acting Director since October 2008 and Acting Deputy Director prior to that.  In this capacity, he manages a staff of 220 policy analysts, engineers, and licensing officers responsible for developing and implementing DoD technology security policies for international transfers of defense-related goods, services, and technologies. 

Before his assignment to Defense Technology Security Administration, Jim served as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs from October 2007 to January 2008. 

Jim was the Deputy Director of Northern European Policy from June 2004 to December 2006 and later became the Deputy Director of the Office of European Policy until October 2007.  For portions of these periods, Jim also covered the German and Nordic portfolios.   

From February 1999 to June 2002, Jim served as the Office of the Secretary of Defense /Ministry of Defense exchange officer in Denmark. He was the desk officer in the Danish Ministry of Defense's NATO office with responsibility for Germany, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, NATO-Russia, NATO-Ukraine, NATO enlargement, and counter- and non-proliferation policy.

From October 1996 to February 1999, Jim was the Nordic country director in International Security Affairs, European Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. His duties included the full scope of U.S. defense relations with Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. For a part of this period, Jim served as the acting Deputy Director for European Policy. For his duties in this position, Jim was awarded the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Service Award.

Jim joined the Management Division of the Defense Security Assistance Agency in March 1991, where his duties included Excess Defense Articles, reports to Congress, and apportionment of Foreign Military Financing funds. In May 1995, Jim moved to the Europe/Pacific Division of Defense Security Assistance Agency, where he was the country desk officer for Central Europe. For his performance at Defense Security Assistance Agency, Jim was awarded the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Service Award for the first time in January 1997.

From February 1989 to March 1991, he served as a Faculty Member specializing in defense economics and international relations in the Institute of Higher Defense Studies at the National Defense University. His book, Theories of International Relations, an anthology of selected articles with an original introduction for use in the University programs, was published in 1991.

Jim served first as a consultant to and later as a staff member of the Office of Defense Guidance and Program Planning in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (1985-89), Department of Defense. This office was charged with coordinating the drafting of the Department's strategic plan and with other functions related to the Planning, Programming, and Budgeting System.

Jim attended the University of Colorado where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude in International Relations. He received his Masters Degree in Public and International Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University in 1985.