CISSM Forum | December 08, 2011

"Space Security and National Security"

by Amb. Gregory L. Schulte, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy

Ambassador Gregory L. Schulte has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy since May 2010.

Ambassador Schulte was U.S. Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency and the United Nations in Vienna, where he was dispatched by President Bush in 2005 and extended by President Obama through June 2009. Ambassador Schulte helped report Iran to the UN Security Council, implement the U.S. nuclear cooperation agreement with India, and establish international nuclear fuel banks. After Vienna, Ambassador Schulte spent ten months as a Senior Visiting Fellow at the National Defense University’s Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Mr. Schulte served three tours in the White House under two Presidents. As Executive Secretary of the National Security Council from 2003 to 2005, Mr. Schulte traveled extensively with President Bush, oversaw the White House Situation Room, and was responsible for NSC emergency readiness after 9/11. As Senior NSC Director for Southeast European Affairs from 2000 to 2002, Mr. Schulte advised Presidents Clinton and Bush on U.S. diplomacy and military deployments in Bosnia and Kosovo and oversaw U.S. efforts to bring democracy to Serbia and prevent civil war in Macedonia. As Special Assistant to the President from 1998 to 1999, Mr. Schulte advised President Clinton on the Kosovo crisis and oversaw interagency planning and decision-making for the NATO air campaign and subsequent deployment of KFOR and a UN mission.

From 1992 to 1998, Mr. Schulte was assigned to the NATO Headquarter in Brussels. As Director for Crisis Management and Operations and Director for Nuclear Planning, Mr. Schulte helped NATO adapt its planning and posture after the end of the Cold War. As Director of the Bosnia Task Force, Mr. Schulte helped NATO organize its first out-of-area deployments and its first collaboration with the UN. Mr. Schulte was the first civilian outside the theater of operations to be awarded the NATO Medal.

Mr. Schulte is a member of the Senior Executive Service and has received two Presidential Rank Awards. Mr. Schulte previously served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as Principal Director for Requirements, Plans and Counterproliferation Policy, Director for Strategic Forces Policy, and Assistant for Theater Nuclear Forces Policy. He began his career in 1983 as a Presidential Management Intern.

Mr. Schulte graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1980 and earned a Master in Public Administration from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School in 1983. He runs marathons, recently completing his sixth, in Paris.