Gregory M. Kausner is the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Regional Security and Security Assistance. In this capacity, he is responsible for advancing U.S. foreign policy and national security interests through the management of political-military and regional security relations and the sale/transfer of U.S.-origin defense articles and services to foreign governments. Mr. Kausner also oversees the Office of Congressional and Public Affairs, which is responsible for managing the PM Bureau’s Congressional relations, public affairs, and public diplomacy functions.
Previously Mr. Kausner was a Senior Professional Staff Member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. His portfolio included oversight of defense policy, political-military affairs, security assistance, diplomatic security, and intelligence.
Prior to the Committee, he served as an officer in the United States Navy. After graduating flight school with distinction, he deployed to Atsugi, Japan to join the “Black Knights” of VF-154, the only permanently deployed F-14 squadron. In 2003, on board the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), he piloted combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and was awarded the Air Medal with Combat “V.” In 2005, after a squadron transition to the F/A-18F, he participated in a seven-month global deployment on the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), which included four months of combat operations in the Persian Gulf. He was named VFA-154’s Junior Officer of the Year and was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.
During his shore tour, he served as the Training Officer for the East Coast F/A-18 Fleet Replacement Squadron, where he was responsible for the initial training in strike fighter tactics for student naval aviators. He also served as a Senate Liaison Officer in the Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs in Washington D.C.
Originally, from Sparta, New Jersey, Mr. Kausner received a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Delaware and earned an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University.