Nominated by President Obama in November 2009 and confirmed by the US Senate in February 2010 as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, Mr. Wilson served until March of 2012 as the Pentagon’s senior spokesman and principal communications strategist. In addition to the Secretary of Defense and the senior Pentagon civilian leadership, Mr. Wilson also worked closely with the National Security Council, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Service Chiefs and Secretaries and the Combatant Commanders, and led a worldwide public affairs community of several thousand military and civilian personnel. Currently, Mr. Wilson is a Senior Fellow and Chair on the Board of Advisors at the Truman National Security Project and Center for National Policy.
From 2001-2009, Mr. Wilson worked in the private sector, as Senior Vice-President for Development for Business Executives for National Security (2001-2002); a Vice President of The Cohen Group (2002-2005); and a Vice President of Penn, Schoen & Berland (PSB).
Mr. Wilson has three times (1991, 2001 and 2012) been awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Pentagon’s top civilian honor. A native of Tucson, Arizona, Mr. Wilson is a graduate of Stanford University (Phi Beta Kappa) and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.