Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Derek Chollet in conversation with Kevin Baron, Executive Editor, Defense One
Kevin Baron is executive editor of Defense One. A 15-year veteran of Washington’s defense, national security and foreign affairs scene, Baron has covered the military, the Pentagon, Congress and politics for Foreign Policy, National Journal, Stars and Stripes, the Boston Globe’s Washington bureau, and the Center for Public Integrity. Baron is vice president of the Pentagon Press Association.
Derek Chollet is the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (ISA). He is the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense and the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy on international security strategy and policy issues related to Europe (including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization), the Middle East, and Africa. He also has oversight for security cooperation programs, including foreign military sales, in these regions.
Prior to being confirmed by the Senate in June 2012, Mr. Chollet served at The White House as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Strategic Planning on the National Security Council Staff.
From February 2009 to 2011, Mr. Chollet served in the State Department as the Principal Deputy Director of the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff. From November 2008 to January 2009, he was a member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team.
Assistant Secretary of Defense Derek Chollet believes NATO should remain the core of the global security architecture, Chollet said, so the European allies are going to have to step forward and invest in their militaries.