Pollock, Mr. Greg - OSD

Chair, Office of the Secretary of Defense

Greg Pollock has served since 2019 as the Secretary of Defense Chair on the faculty of the National War College.  Prior to his appointment to the War College, Mr. Pollock served for the past decade in a series of leadership positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  From 2017 to 2019, Mr. Pollock was the acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for Security Cooperation.  Mr. Pollock managed the Department’s nearly $9 billion security cooperation enterprise and enacted wide-ranging reforms to the Department’s security cooperation authorities.  He also oversaw the assessment, monitoring, and evaluation of train-and-equip initiatives conducted by the U.S. military with allied and partner forces around the world. 

Mr. Pollock previously served as the Director for Russia and Arms Control Policy within the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  In this role, he led a team of senior military officers and civil servants that managed U.S. defense relations with the Russian Federation and advised the Secretary on countering Russia-related security threats globally.  Mr. Pollock was also responsible for implementation of arms control commitments and defense engagement with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).  From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Pollock served as the Director for African Affairs within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he led a team in responding to conflicts and crises and enhancing U.S. defense relationships across sub-Saharan Africa.  

Mr. Pollock has also served as a Legislative Fellow for Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who he advised on foreign policy, defense, and veterans’ affairs, and as an Intelligence Analyst in the Department of the Treasury's Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, where he assessed for senior policymakers the methods al-Qaeda and affiliated groups employ to fund terrorist attacks.  Before entering government, Mr. Pollock worked as 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 Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a past recipient of 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. Mr. Pollock lives in Montgomery County, Maryland with his wife, two daughters, and their dog.