Thomas K. Longstreth was appointed deputy under secretary of Defense for Readiness on November 8, 1998. In his new position, Longstreth will advise Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, Deputy Secretary of Defense John Hamre, and Under Secretary of Defense Rudy de Leon on key military readiness and training issues.
Prior to assuming his new position, Longstreth served as the deputy assistant secretary of Defense for European and NATO Affairs. From 1994-97, he was the principal deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Strategy and Requirements. Beginning in September 1995, he also served as director of the secretary of Defense's Bosnia Task Force, advising the secretary of Defense, deputy secretary of Defense and under secretary of Defense (Policy) on matters related to U.S military involvement in Bosnia. From September 1993 to April 1994, Longstreth was the director of the Department's Somalia Task Force. In January 1996, Longstreth received the Secretary of Defense's Medal for Outstanding Public Service in recognition of his contributions to the Bosnia and Somalia Task Forces.
From 1990-1993, Longstreth served as a strategic planner on the Joint Staff where he was a major participant in the strategic and operational planning for operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM (Iraq), Operation RESTORE HOPE (Somalia), and other U.S. military operations. He also participated in the preparation of many central strategic planning documents, including the National Military Strategy and Defense Planning Guidance. Longstreth also directly supported the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as a speech writer, drafter of Congressional testimony, and principal drafter of such documents as the Chairman's Report on the Roles, Missions and Functions of the Armed Forces.
From 1987-1990, Longstreth served as the associate director for Strategic Weapons Policy, Federation of American Scientists, where he specialized in U.S. and Soviet strategic weapons programs and related arms control issues. From 1985-87, he was the military legislative assistant to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, serving as the principal advisor to the senator on all defense and arms control issues. From 1982 through 1985, he was the associate director for Research and Analysis, Arms Control Association.