Daniel Gallington

Former Special Assistant for Policy to
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld


Daniel Gallington served in Washington DC for more than 20 years in senior national security leadership and policy positions, cutting across several administrations, departments and agencies of government. He worked on and influenced the most serious national security and intelligence policy issues of the day as an integral part of the senior inter-agency policy process and the National Security Council’s (NSC) deliberative process – and by facilitating responsible congressional oversight as bi-partisan General Counsel for the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI). From 2011 to 2015, Dan was the Senior Policy & Program Advisor at the George C. Marshall Institute in Arlington, Virginia, where he consulted on a variety of national security projects, papers, studies and panels relating to cyber 2 security, terrorism, intelligence, encryption and privacy. From 2002 to 2011, he served as Senior Fellow and Member of the Board of Regents at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in Arlington, Virginia. Dan led and supported various national security policy studies on intelligence policy, special operations, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, homeland defense and cyber security, including several focused projects on the dynamics between new information technologies, privacy and national security. At Potomac, he also directed “PROJECT GUARDIAN: Maintaining Civil Liberties in the Information Age” under a multi-year contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The GUARDIAN project provided practical and workable recommendations to law and policy makers for the protection of privacy and civil liberties while enabling new technologies to enhance the aggressive pursuit of terrorists. GUARDIAN proposals suggested creative ways for policy makers to increase public confidence and for improved congressional oversight of new information technologies - many of these ideas were incorporated directly into legislation, Presidential Executive Orders and departmental directives. As part of the GUARDIAN project, Dan testified before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), the Technical and Policy Advisory Committee for the Department of Defense, and led numerous panels of distinguished privacy experts. He also published series of thoughtful articles and papers on the tensions between privacy and security in the worldwide struggle against terrorism. He served on the 2003 Defense Science Board (DSB) Study on “Department of Defense Roles and Missions in Homeland Defense, Security and Civil support”, and as a member of the 2003 Fall Study of Current Counterintelligence Issues, sponsored by the Institute of World Politics and the McCormick-Tribune Foundation. During 2004-2005, he served on an executive panel of senior privacy advisors to the Transportation Security Agency (TSA), evaluating the “Secure Flight” program. From June 2001 through November 2002, and during the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Dan served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Territorial Security in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). As such, he managed the DOD day-to-day post attack policy responses and advised the Secretary of Defense on the intricate policy and legal issues associated with the creation of NORTHCOM, the military’s conduit for its contribution to the defense 3 of the US homeland. During this period, Dan also served as Special Assistant for Special Operations and Combating Terrorism to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (USDP). He was in his office [Room 2E235] at the Pentagon on 9/11, around the corner from where the building was struck by terrorist hijacked Flight 77. During the lengthy transition of government in 2001 and the pendency of senior DOD Senate confirmations, he served as Special Assistant for Policy to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. As such, Dan performed the entire spectrum of duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (USD/P) and later performed the entire spectrum of duties of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict (ASD/SOLIC). Recognizing this intense period of service, Dan was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service; and in 2005, was awarded the Secretary of Defense Outstanding Unit Award for his subsequent advisory services to the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Links for Daniel Gallington
The "DPRK Problem" And How To Proceed
2017 ICAS Fall Symposium Special
Bulletin of October 28, 2017.


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