WASHINGTON, D.C. –The Center for American Progress congratulates Rudy deLeon, Senior Vice President for National Security and International Policy at the Center, on his appointment to the Defense Policy Board at the Department of Defense.
"Rudy deLeon’s distinguished service in the Pentagon and his tenure running the national security program at the Center for American Progress demonstrate his commitment, strategic thinking and leadership on defense issues. He will be a valuable resource to the Defense Policy Board as they work together to craft sound policy advice for the Obama Administration," said Center for American Progress President and CEO John Podesta.
Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced last Wednesday, July 1, that deLeon will join several other distinguished policy professionals in Washington, D.C to serve on this board. The Defense Policy Board provides the secretary, deputy secretary, and undersecretary for policy with independent, informed advice and opinion concerning matters of defense policy.
DeLeon, in addition to serving on the Defense Policy Board, currently serves as the chairman of a Task Group established by the Defense Business Board and the Office of Personnel Management tasked with conducting a thorough review of the National Security Personnel System.
Prior to joining the Center, deLeon served as a senior vice president for the Boeing Company. His 25-year government career concluded in 2001 after his tenure as Deputy Secretary of Defense, where he was a member of the Deputies Committee of the National Security Council and the National Partnership Council. In earlier Pentagon assignments, he served as undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, and as undersecretary of the Air Force. DeLeon has also served on the Committee on Armed Services in the U.S. House of Representatives as a member of the professional staff and as staff director.