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.
Mr. Gebhard is Vice President of The Cohen Group and Rapporteur for the Atlantic Council Strategic Advisors Group. Mr. Gebhard leads Cohen Group client engagements in a several markets, including Aerospace and Defense, Information Technology, Technical Services, as well as working with clients in the European Defense and Aerospace market. Drawing on his strong domain knowledge of the Defense and Aerospace sector, Mr. Gebhard participates in Cohen Group M&A transaction advisory activities, including in-depth due diligence reviews of potential target firms on behalf of financial or corporate clients.
Mr. Gebhard served as Special Assistant to Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld (January 2001-June 2001) and was responsible for management and oversight of several key defense strategy reviews to support the Bush Administration's strategic assessment of defense. These included reviews of military pay and housing issues, transformation of US defense capabilities, future development of the conventional force structure, reform of the weapons acquisition process, and reform of the Department's financial management system.
While serving as Assistant Chief of Staff to Secretary of Defense Cohen (June 1998-January 2001), Mr. Gebhard handled a wide range of sensitive issues including selected acquisition program reviews, reviews of proposed corporate mergers including BAE's purchase of Sanders Associates from Lockheed Martin, and oversight of the investigation of the terrorist attack on the USS COLE in 2000. Mr. Gebhard also developed the initial options for adapting export controls and procedures to industry consolidation, globalization and ongoing proliferation of technology and weapons.
Mr. Gebhard was competitively selected for the Senior Executive Service in 1995. From 1996-1998, he served as Director, Office of Defense Plans at the US Mission to NATO, Brussels, Belgium where he played a central role in preparing Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary for taking on their defense responsibilities as new members of NATO. Mr. Gebhard joined the Department of Defense in 1987.
Mr. Gebhard is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He received his Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in 1986. He received his BA with Honors from Brown University in 1983.
He has been awarded the Department of Defense Medals for Distinguished Civilian Service, Meritorious Service and for Exceptional Service.
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). This event will be streamed LIVE from 3:00 p.m.
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.