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Thomas Alexander

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counternarcotics and Global Threats

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Mr. Thomas Alexander is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for Counternarcotics and Global Threats (CN&GT) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict.  He oversees a budget of approximately $1 billion, and leads the Department of Defense's global counterdrug, counter transnational organized crime, and counter threat finance policies, resource allocation and implementation, among other global issues.  He reports to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations & Low Intensity Conflict in the office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.

Prior to becoming Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Mr. Alexander was Chief Counsel to the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the U.S. House of Representatives.  He was a senior advisor to the Chairman and led the Committee's efforts to oversee programs and policies carried out by the State Department, USAID, and the interagency, and other entities within the Committee's jurisdiction.  This included areas such as counterterrorism, foreign assistance, detainee policy, and ensuring the safety and security of U.S. personnel and facilities abroad.

Mr. Alexander also served as National Security Subcommittee Staff Director for the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in the U.S. House of Representatives.  There, he formulated and led numerous hearings and investigations of programs administered by the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, and USAID.  These topics ranged from reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq to combatting trafficking and illicit cross-border networks into the United States.

Mr. Alexander previously worked in the Department of Defense as the Director of Congressional Investigations in OSD-Legislative Affairs and, prior to that, as Counsel to the Oversight Subcommittee on Energy and Natural Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

He is licensed attorney holding a Bachelor of Arts from Thomas Aquinas College and a Juris Doctorate from the Ave Maria School of Law.