Danial Pick

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations Policy and Programs

Mr. Danial Pick serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations Policy and Programs. He is responsible for advising the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and the Secretary of Defense by formulating, recommending, integrating and implementing policies and strategies on matters pertaining to the organization, training and equipping of special operations forces.   

Mr. Pick served for 29 years in the US Army as a military intelligence and Middle East foreign area officer.  He served with the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) from 1992-1995. His combat deployments included service with the 3/66 Armor Battalion in Desert Storm in 1990-91, the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and service in Afghanistan in 2009. Mr. Pick helped develop the counterterrorism capabilities of the Iraqi and Jordanian Armed Forces while serving at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan from 2003-2006, before serving as a Policy Officer in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 2006-2008. In his final assignment, he commanded the Defense Language Institute from 2010-2014, providing foreign language capability to special operations forces and the intelligence community.

Mr. Pick graduated in 1987 from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization. He also holds a Master of Military Art and Studies from the Marine Corps University, and a Master of Arts in Near Eastern studies from Princeton University.  He was a National Security Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. 

Mr. Pick has served as a municipal government leader in the Cities of Monterey and Del Rey Oaks, California since 2014.