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James Joseph Shinn -- Department of Defense
Assistant Secretary (Asian and Pacific Affairs)

Mr. James J. Shinn was confirmed by the U. S. Senate as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian & Pacific Security Affairs on December 19, 2007. In this position, he is the civilian advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (USD(P)) and the Secretary of Defense on national security matters in the Asian and Pacific region. He is responsible for developing regional security and defense strategy; formulating and coordinating regional defense policies in support of the Secretary’s objectives; overseeing operational execution of the Secretary’s approved policies for the region; and fostering bilateral and multilateral defense and military relationships in the region. Mr. Shinn is the focal point for Secretary of Defense policies of interest within the Office of the USD(P) and with the DoD Components and the interagency, for United States Pacific Command, United States Central Command, and for the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. Mr. Shinn also represents the USD(P) and the Secretary of Defense in interagency policy deliberations and international negotiations related to the Asian and Pacific region.

James Joseph Shinn