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Greg Pollock

Guest Speaker

    Professional affiliation

    Principal Director for Arctic & Global Resilience Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense

    Full Biography

    Greg Pollock has served for the past decade in a series of leadership positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy, where he currently serves as the Principal Director for the new Arctic and Global Resilience Office.

    Mr. Pollock served from 2019-2021 as the Secretary of Defense Chair on the faculty of the National War College, where he taught courses on national security strategy, U.S.-China relations, and the implications of global climate change for national security.

    From 2017-2019, Mr. Pollock was the acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Security Cooperation, overseeing the Department’s efforts to enhance the ability of U.S. allies and partners to conduct military operations in lieu of, or in coalition with, U.S. forces around the world.

    Mr. Pollock has also served previously as the Director for Russia and Arms Control Policy, as the Director for African Affairs, as a Legislative Fellow to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and as an Analyst in the Department of the Treasury's Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. Prior to his government service, Mr. Pollock was an Advocacy and Research Officer at the International Crisis Group, a leading source of analysis and advice to governments concerning international conflict.

    Mr. Pollock is a past Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a prior recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service, the Brookings Legislative Fellowship, the Presidential Management Fellowship, the Senator Pat Roberts Intelligence Scholarship, and the Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship. He earned his master's degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he was a Teaching and Research Assistant to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.