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Release No: 813-05
August 09, 2005

DoD Announces Edelman as the New Undersecretary of Defense for Policy

The Department of Defense announced today that Eric Edelman has taken over the duties as the under secretary of defense for policy.


Edelman, who served as ambassador to the Republic of Turkey from July 2003 to June 2005, was nominated to be the Pentagons policy chief by President Bush on May 16, 2005. The president signed the recess appointment today.


Edelman was principal deputy assistant to the vice president for national security affairs from February 2001 to June 2003. Prior to being assigned to the Office of the Vice President, he was ambassador to the Republic of Finland, 1998-2001. From June 1996 to July 1998, he served as executive assistant to the deputy secretary of state. He was deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy, Prague, Czech Republic, from June 1994 to June 1996.


From April 1993 to July 1993, he served as deputy to the Ambassador-at-Large and special advisor to the secretary of state on the New Independent States. Where his areas of responsibility were defense, security, and space issues.


Edelman served as assistant deputy under secretary of defense for Soviet and East European Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from April 1990 to April 1993. From April 1989 to March 1990, he was special assistant (European Affairs) to the undersecretary of state for political affairs.


Edelman served at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow 1987-89, where he was head of the external political section. He had responsibility for Soviet policies in the third world in the Office of Soviet Affairs at the Department of State from 1984 to 1986.


Previously, Edelman served as special assistant to Secretary of State George P. Shultz, 1982-84; a staff officer on the secretariat staff, 1982; a watch officer in the State Department Operations Center 1981-82; and a member of the U.S. Middle East Delegation to the West Bank/Gaza Autonomy Talks Delegations, 1980-81.


A career foreign service officer, Edelman entered the foreign service in 1980 and the senior foreign service in 1992.


He is a recipient of the Secretary of Defenses award for Distinguished Civilian Service (1993) and the State Departments Superior Honor Award (1990 and 1996).


Eric Edelman earned a B.A. in history and government from Cornell University in 1972 and a Ph.D. in US Diplomatic history from Yale University in 1981. To view his biography: http://www.defenselink.mil/bios/edelman_bio.html

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