Alan R. Shaffer

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Defense Program at U.S. Department of Defense

Alan R. Shaffer

Alan R. Shaffer

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Defense Program at U.S. Department of Defense

Biography

Mr. Shaffer served as the Director of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Science and Technology at the NATO Collaboration Support Office. He was also the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, and was the acting Assistant Secretary for three years. During his tenure as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, he was responsible for the oversight of the science and technology, systems engineering, and developmental test and evaluation workforce, as well as a twenty-five billion dollar research and engineering budget. He was an officer in the United States Air Force, and is a recipient of the Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award, the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, and the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award. Mr. Shaffer is a graduate from the University of Vermont, the University of Utah, the Naval Postgraduate School, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

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Director, Program on National Security & Human Rights at Harvard University - Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Kennedy School of Government

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Deputy Secretary of Defense at U.S. Department of Defense

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Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense at U.S. Department of Defense

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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs at U.S. Department of Defense

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Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness (Readiness Programming & Resources-RPR) at U.S. Department of Defense

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Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower & Reserve Affairs at U.S. Department of Defense

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Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs at U.S. Department of Defense

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Alan R. Shaffer
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Defense Program at U.S. Department of Defense
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Graduate

The University of Utah is a public coeducational space-grant research university in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. As the state's flagship university, the university offers more than 100 undergraduate majors and more than 92 graduate degree programs. Graduate studies include the S.J. Quinney College of Law and the School of Medicine.The university was established in 1850 as the University of Deseret by the General Assembly of the provisional State of Deseret, making it Utah's oldest institution of higher education.It received its current name in 1892, four years before Utah attained statehood, and moved to its current location in 1900.

Graduate

Founded in 1791, University of Vermont is the fifth oldest university in New England (after Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth and Brown). UVM is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Called UVM for Universitas Viridis Montis, Latin for "University of the Green Mountains."

Graduate

The mission of the Naval Postgraduate School is to provide relevant and unique advanced education and research programs to increase the combat effectiveness of commissioned officers of the Naval Service to enhance the security of the United States. In support of the foregoing, and to sustain academic excellence, NPS and the DON foster and encourage a program of relevant and meritorious research which both supports the needs of Navy and Department of Defense while building the intellectual capital of Naval Postgraduate School faculty.

Career History
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Defense Program
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The Department of Defense is America's oldest and largest government agency. With our military tracing its roots back to pre-Revolutionary times, the Department of Defense has grown and evolved with our nation. The Defense Department manages an inventory of installations and facilities to keep Americans safe. The Department’s physical plant is huge by any standard, consisting of more than several hundred thousand individual buildings and structures located at more than 5,000 different locations or sites. When all sites are added together, the Department of Defense utilizes over 30 million acres of land.

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Prior

The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win … in air, space and cyberspace. To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: developing Airmen, technology to war fighting and integrating operations. These core competencies make our six distinctive capabilities possible. Air and Space Superiority With it, joint forces can dominate enemy operations in all dimensions: land, sea, air and space. Global Attack Because of technological advances, the Air Force can attack anywhere, anytime and do so quickly and with greater precision than ever before. Rapid Global Mobility Being able to respond quickly and decisively anywhere we're needed is key to maintaining rapid global mobility. Precision Engagement The essence lies in the ability to apply selective force against specific targets because the nature and variety of future contingencies demand both precise and reliable use of military power with minimal risk and collateral damage. Information Superiority The ability of joint force commanders to keep pace with information and incorporate it into a campaign plan is crucial. Agile Combat Support Deployment and sustainment are keys to successful operations and cannot be separated. Agile combat support applies to all forces, from those permanently based to contingency buildups to expeditionary forces. Core Values The Air Force bases these core competencies and distinctive capabilities on a shared commitment to three values: Integrity first, Service before self, and Excellence in all we do.

Director, Collaboration Support Office
Prior
Awards & Honors
US Department of Defense - Distinguished Civilian Service Award
Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive Award
Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award
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