Rudolph Atallah, senior fellow in the Atlantic Council’s Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, testified at a House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing on “The Growing Crisis in Africa’s Sahel Region.”
On the heels of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to the United States, Energy & Environment Program Associate Director Mihaela Carstei joins CTV to discuss the Keystone Pipeline project that would transport tar sands oil from Canada and the northern United States to refineries in the Gulf coast of Texas.
Marshall Billingslea is a Strategy & Operations Director within Deloitte Consulting LLP and member of the Atlantic Council Strategic Advisors Group. He is responsible for supporting Deloitte's work with NATO and the European Union, and for supporting the U.S. Special Operations and Intelligence communities.
Marshall joined Deloitte after having served for more than a decade in a number of very senior positions within the U.S. Federal Government and overseas. His most recent position as the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy gave him overall responsibility for Navy and Marine Corps defense policy and planning, as well as oversight of all Navy Department intelligence and special operations activities. Marshall also served as the Navy Secretary’s “number two” on a wide range of issues, including as a member of the Pentagon’s Deputy’s Advisory Working Group — the Department of Defense (DoD) body that oversees all long-range planning and budget development.
Prior to that, Marshall was the Assistant Secretary General of NATO for Defense Investment, and was the United States’ senior civilian official serving within the alliance. As such, he was Chairman of the Conference of National Armament Directors (CNAD), oversaw the operation of NATO’s military investment programs and infrastructure budget, and served as Chairman of NATO’s C3 Board. The majority of the NATO Agencies reported to the Secretary General and the North Atlantic Council through Marshall’s Defense Investment Division. Marshall’s accomplishments at NATO include the creation of NATO’s Strategic Airlift Capability (comprising military cargo aircraft), the founding of NATO’s Special Operations Coordination Center, and the launching of the alliance’s active, layered theater ballistic missile defense (ALTBMD) program.
Marshall was appointed to NATO after serving as the acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, overseeing all DoD special operations efforts against al’Qaida following the 9/11 attacks. During his tenure, he expanded the budget of U.S. Special Operations Command by 47 percent, increased the number of Army Special Forces and SEAL operators, and was a principal architect of DoD’s worldwide effort against terrorist organizations.
Other previous positions include that of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Negotiations Policy (DoD’s treaty negotiator), and Senior Professional Staff Member for National Security Affairs on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Marshall holds a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College, where he graduated cum laude with high honors. He also holds a Master of Arts in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Tufts University. He has been decorated with the Cross of Terra Mariana by the President of Estonia; the Knight’s Cross by the President of Poland; and the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Czech Republic. He has been twice awarded the Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service by the U.S. Secretary of Defense. He also has been decorated by the U.S. Secretary of the Navy with the Distinguished Public Service medal. He has been published in a wide variety of newspapers and journals, and he has appeared on both television and radio programs.
On May 22, the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative will hold a discussion on the history of cyber critical infrastructure protection in recognition of the 15th anniversary of Presidential Decision Directive 63 (PDD-63).
On May 23, the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Peace and Security Initiative at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security is hosting a panel discussion on new developments in security cooperation among the United States, its European allies, and the Gulf states, and how they are likely to evolve in the coming years.
On May 30, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center will release a new issue brief, The Kaleidoscope Turns Again in a Crisis-Challenged Iran, a discussion of Iran’s upcoming presidential elections.
From June 13-14, the 2013 Wrocław Global Forum will bring together over 350 top policy-makers and business leaders to explore the region’s impact as an actor in Europe, as well as its crucial role in the transatlantic partnership and on the global stage.