The first-ever Senate confirmed female Assistant Secretary of Defense, Mary Beth Long worked directly with Secretaries of Defense Rumsfeld and Gates on the Department's highest priority issues, and represented the Secretary of Defense at the National Security Council and the White House.
Mary Beth uniquely combines senior-most Defense, Security, Intelligence and legal skills with over two decades of international experience, including successful complex foreign negotiations on behalf of both the government and commercial sectors.
She has worked closely with the highest levels of leadership at State, Treasury, CIA, DNI and NSA, as well as abroad representing the Secretary of Defense. She was Secretary Gates's principal advisor on defense and security issues in the Middle East, Europe and Africa, including Iraq and Afghanistan. Mary Beth also served in senior Defense positions where she was responsible for Latin America and the Western Hemisphere, and Asia-Pacific and Southeast Asia.
While Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counter-narcotics, she had direct responsibility for funds in excess of $1 billion. Mary Beth has more than a decade of operations experience at the Central Intelligence Agency where she worked on targeting narcotics, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and terrorism.
A practicing attorney, Mary Beth has expertise in export compliance, regulatory regimes, securities regulations and due diligence from her tenure at Williams and Connelly, LLC. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).
Mary Beth received the highest civilian awards from Secretary Gates and Admiral Michael Mullen, as well as numerous awards at CIA, including for covert action.
She has considerable Congressional testimony experience.