Katie Wheelbarger is the current Principal Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Affairs. In this position she oversees policy issues relating to the nations and international organizations of Europe, as well as Russia, the Middle East, Africa and the Western Hemisphere. Prior to this, she worked as the Vice President for Litigation and as the Chief Compliance Officer at CSRA Inc. In addition, she served as the Policy Director and Counsel to the Senate Armed Services Committee, where she specifically handled the intelligence portfolio for then Chairman John McCain. She also served as Counsel to Vice President Richard Cheney and as General Counsel to his staff.
She is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School.