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Expertise: Asia-Pacific, China, defense policy, defense budget, legislative and executive process, politics

Rudy deLeon is a senior fellow with the National Security and International Policy team at American Progress. He has worked at the organization since 2007 and focuses on U.S. national security issues and U.S.-China relations.

DeLeon’s 25-year government career concluded in 2001 after his tenure as deputy secretary of defense, during which time he served as the chief operating officer at the Pentagon, a member of the Deputies Committee of the National Security Council, and a member of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Partnership Council on labor-management issues. In earlier Pentagon assignments, deLeon served as undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness from 1997 to 2000 and as undersecretary of the air force from 1994 to 1997.

From November 1985 through 1993, deLeon served as a member of the professional staff and staff director for the U.S. House Armed Services Committee. In 1986, deLeon participated in the debate and passage of the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Act, which made fundamental changes in military organization and operations. DeLeon began his career in the federal government in 1975, holding various staff positions in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.

For five years, beginning in 2001, he served as a senior vice president for the Boeing Company, focusing on global trade issues and Washington, D.C., operations.

In addition to his duties at American Progress during the past five years, deLeon chaired the 2009 U.S. Department of Defense review of the civilian National Security Personnel System, was a member of the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review Congressional Commission, and currently serves on the Defense Policy Board.

DeLeon earned a bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University in 1974. In 1984, he completed the executive program in national and international security at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

DeLeon received the Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award in 1994, 1995, and 2001 and the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal in 2001. He was recognized by the National League of POW/MIA Families in 1999 and by the National Military Family Association in 2000.

By Rudy deLeon
Rethinking DHS to prioritize human security and homeland servicesThe HillJune 17, 2021
Redefining Homeland Security: A New Framework for DHS To Meet Today’s ChallengesCenter for American ProgressJune 16, 2021
A New Framework for DHS To Meet Today’s ChallengesCenter for American ProgressJune 16, 2021
Fiscal and Management Accountability at the PentagonCenter for American ProgressSeptember 22, 2020
Asia Doesn’t Need Another CrisisCenter for American ProgressJanuary 24, 2018
Strengthening U.S. Options on IranCenter for American ProgressSeptember 28, 2017
American Leadership Is on the LineCenter for American ProgressMay 24, 2017
Outgoing NASA Team Leaves Its Successors With Robust Options for Space ExplorationCenter for American ProgressFebruary 9, 2017
Updating U.S.-Saudi Ties to Reflect the New Realities of Today’s Middle EastCenter for American ProgressApril 25, 2016
Strengthening the Palestinian Economy to Keep a Two-State Solution ViableCenter for American ProgressApril 13, 2016
Light Up Taiwan Puts the Spotlight on the Young GenerationCenter for American ProgressFebruary 26, 2016
Dealing with a Proactive ChinaCenter for American ProgressSeptember 22, 2015
Harry Truman and the Politics of a National Security StrategyCenter for American ProgressSeptember 8, 2015
Exploring Avenues for China-U.S. Cooperation on the Middle EastCenter for American ProgressJuly 13, 2015
Getting to a Final Agreement: Nuclear Negotiations with Iran and Congressional ActionCenter for American ProgressApril 13, 2015
The Plight of Christians in the Middle EastCenter for American ProgressMarch 12, 2015
A Perspective from the United States on the Impact of International Strategies in the Gulf Security ApparatusCenter for American ProgressDecember 18, 2014
Orion’s Launch Heralds America’s Triumphant Return to Human Space ExplorationCenter for American ProgressDecember 10, 2014
U.S. Human Spaceflight Beyond 2014Center for American ProgressOctober 8, 2014
Revisiting the Shangri-La Dialogue: Candid and Heated Conversations are EncouragedCenter for American ProgressAugust 14, 2014
Sarajevo Centennial: Old Orders Collapse and Today’s Turbulence Is a LegacyCenter for American ProgressJune 27, 2014
What Reagan can teach us about UkraineCNN GPSMay 14, 2014
The Crisis of Crimea and UkraineCenter for American ProgressMay 14, 2014
Responding to Russia’s Illegal Military Incursion in UkraineCenter for American ProgressMarch 3, 2014
U.S.-China Relations: Toward a New Model of Major Power RelationshipCenter for American ProgressFebruary 20, 2014
Remembering Rep. Ike Skelton of MissouriCenter for American ProgressOctober 29, 2013
After a Possible Strike in Syria: Planning Ahead for Potential Responses and New Threats to U.S. Security InterestsCenter for American ProgressAugust 29, 2013
War of Words: A Post-MortemCenter for American ProgressJuly 2, 2013
A New Relationship for China and the United StatesCenter for American ProgressJune 6, 2013
Responding to the Assad Regime’s Likely Use of Chemical WeaponsCenter for American ProgressApril 26, 2013
North Korea and the War of WordsCenter for American ProgressApril 4, 2013
An Innovative Step to Support Palestinian TradeCenter for American ProgressMarch 20, 2013
5 Key Findings from CAP’s Recent Discussions in the Middle EastCenter for American ProgressMarch 19, 2013
Remarks at the 13th Annual Herzliya Conference in Herzliya, IsraelCenter for American ProgressMarch 15, 2013
Letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck HagelCenter for American ProgressMarch 5, 2013
A New Phase for U.S. Policy on SyriaCenter for American ProgressFebruary 28, 2013
Sequestration Is ‘Not a Game’Center for American ProgressFebruary 22, 2013
North Korea’s Nuclear Test Is Another Step BackwardCenter for American ProgressFebruary 15, 2013
Pressure Mounts on Iran as Nuclear Talks Move to MoscowCenter for American ProgressMay 25, 2012
Strengthening America’s Options on IranCenter for American ProgressApril 13, 2012
No Steps Forward, Two Steps Back: North Korean Launch Ends with Catastrophic System FailureCenter for American ProgressApril 13, 2012
Getting Smarter on ChinaCenter for American ProgressFebruary 9, 2012
China’s Quiet Role in Pressuring IranCenter for American ProgressFebruary 8, 2012
Kim Jong-il’s Death Presents Uncertainty in North KoreaCenter for American ProgressDecember 19, 2011
Taking the Iranian Nuclear Threat SeriouslyCenter for American ProgressDecember 15, 2011
Statement on the Death of Moammar QaddafiCenter for American ProgressOctober 20, 2011
Remembering 9/11Center for American ProgressSeptember 8, 2011
Gen. John Shalikashvili: An AppreciationCenter for American ProgressJuly 29, 2011
How a Shutdown Would Affect Our MilitaryCenter for American ProgressApril 7, 2011
Are We Ready? An Independent Look at the Readiness Posture of U.S. ForcesCenter for American ProgressMarch 3, 2011
Moving Beyond Start, Stop, Restart with China’s MilitaryCenter for American ProgressJanuary 19, 2011
U.S. Senate Should Pursue Other Options to Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”Center for American ProgressDecember 9, 2010
Department of Coastal DefenseCenter for American ProgressJune 7, 2010
Iraq Must Face Iran’s Nuclear AmbitionsCenter for American ProgressMay 7, 2010
Helping HaitiCenter for American ProgressJanuary 14, 2010
Honoring the Unaccounted and Missing in ActionCenter for American ProgressOctober 22, 2009
Securing America’s FutureCenter for American ProgressAugust 25, 2009
Trade Aid and Security Coalition Conference RemarksCenter for American ProgressJuly 20, 2009
National Security Personnel System Task Review Group Opening RemarksCenter for American ProgressJuly 7, 2009
Restructuring the Weapon Acquisition SystemCenter for American ProgressApril 30, 2009
Securing America’s Energy Independence Through Energy DiversificationCenter for American ProgressApril 29, 2009
Obama’s European Listening TourCenter for American ProgressMarch 26, 2009
National Security Strategy Must Combine Diplomacy, Might, and Strong AlliancesCenter for American ProgressSeptember 28, 2008
The Coldest Days of the Cold WarCenter for American ProgressSeptember 26, 2008
Changing RationalesCenter for American ProgressMay 1, 2008
Share the Burden: Making Economic and Patriotic SacrificesCenter for American ProgressMarch 24, 2008