Steve Riccardi currently serves as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia (DASD APC). In this capacity, Mr. Riccardi oversees all U.S. defense policy throughout the region, advancing U.S. national security interests through security cooperation, contingency planning, program oversight and strategy development. Mr. Riccardi has served as the Principal Director in APC since October, 2016. He previously served as the Acting DASD from June to September 2017 during the development and finalization of the President’s South Asia strategy.
Mr. Riccardi joined OSD Policy in 2008. Prior to becoming Principal Director, he served as the U.S. Exchange Officer to the UK Ministry of Defense in London, as Team Lead and Senior Country Director for Syria in the Middle East office, on special assignment for the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy’s Human Capital Strategy Team, and as Senior Advisor for Campaign and Contingency Planning. Mr. Riccardi began his government career as a Presidential Management Fellow with the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) from 2006-2008. Prior to his time at the Pentagon, Mr. Riccardi worked at a think tank in Washington, DC and at an economic consulting firm near Boston.
Mr. Riccardi holds a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in World Politics and French from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY.