Mary Beth Long is the first-ever Senate confirmed female Assistant Secretary of Defense and worked directly with Secretaries of Defense Rumsfeld and Gates on the Department’s highest priority issues. As the Defense Secretary’s principle advisor on the Middle East, Europe and Africa, including Iraq and Afghanistan, Ms. Long represented the Department of Defense at the National Security Council, the White House, and with foreign Ministers of Defense. Ms. Long also served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia and Southeast Asia, as well as the Western Hemisphere. She also was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counter Narcotics where she had direct responsibility for a budget in excess of $1 billion. Ms. Long for decades has worked closely with the highest levels of the military services, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of National Intelligence (DNI), and the National Security Agency (NSA).
Ms. Long adds to her credentials over a decade of operations experience at the CIA, where she worked on targeting narcotics, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and terrorism. She is currently the owner of MB Long & Associates PLLC, METIS Solutions LLC and co-owner of Askari Defense and Intelligence LLC. Ms. Long has expertise in export compliance, regulatory regimes, securities regulations and due diligence. During her tenure at Williams and Connolly LLP she worked primarily in civil litigation. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).