Dr. Peter R. Lavoy is the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs (APSA). He is the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and the Secretary of Defense on international security strategy and policy that relate to the nations and international organizations of Asia and the Pacific, their governments and defense establishments, and for oversight of security cooperation programs, including Foreign Military Sales, in the region.
Previously, he served in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), where he was Director for Analysis from August 2010 through August 2011, Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis from December 2008 through August 2010, Chairman of the National Intelligence Council from December 2008 through July 2009, and National Intelligence Officer for South Asia from October 2007 to November 2008. Prior to joining the ODNI, Dr. Lavoy directed the Center for Contemporary Conflict and taught in the National Security Affairs Department of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
Dr. Lavoy has edited several books and written numerous journal articles and book chapters on a wide array of subjects related to South Asian security and weapons proliferation. His edited books are Over the Horizon Proliferation Threats (Stanford University Press, forthcoming 2011), Asymmetric Warfare in South Asia: The Causes and Consequences of the Kargil Conflict (Cambridge University Press, 2009), Terrorism, War, or Disease?: Unraveling the Use of Biological Weapons (Stanford University Press, 2008), Nuclear Weapons Proliferation in the Next Decade (Routledge, 2008), and Planning the Unthinkable: How New Powers Will Use Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Weapons (Cornell University Press, 2000).
Dr. Lavoy served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in 2000 as Principal Director for Requirements, Plans, and Counterproliferation Policy, and from 1998 to 2000 as Director for Counterproliferation Policy. He received an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in Government from Oberlin College. He has traveled extensively throughout South Asia and speaks Hindi, Urdu, and French.