Biographies

Professional information about senior Defense Department officials.

David F. Helvey

Performing the Duties of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs

Mr. David F. Helvey is currently Performing the Duties of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs. 

Previously he was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs from January 20, 2017 until December 31, 2019. He is responsible for developing and overseeing the execution of the United States’ defense and security policy in the Indo-Pacific region.

Prior assignments in the Office of the Secretary of Defense include, most recently, Senior Advisor performing the duties of the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs from June 2016 to January 2017 and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia from December 2012 to April 2015, with earlier assignments as Country Director for China; Director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolia; Senior Advisor for China Policy and Integration; and Principal Director for East Asia.

From April 2015 to June 2016, Mr. Helvey served as Visiting Distinguished Research Fellow in the Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs at the National Defense University's Institute for National Strategic Studies.

Mr. Helvey has been awarded the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, the Office of the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Medal, the Paul H. Nitze Award for Excellence in International Security Affairs, the Director of National Intelligence Award for Collaboration Leadership, and the DIA Director's Award for Meritorious Civilian Service.

Mr. Helvey graduated from American University with an MA in U.S. Foreign Policy and from West Virginia University with a BA in Political Science.