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Rosenbach Tapped for Pentagon Cyber Policy Role

Eric Rosenbach

Rosenbach Tapped for Pentagon Cyber Policy Role


October 6, 2011

Author: James F. Smith, Former Communications Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs


CAMBRIDGE, MA. - Eric Rosenbach, a veteran Army intelligence officer who served as executive director for research in the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs from 2007 to 2010, has been appointed deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced the appointment on Tuesday, Oct. 4, in Washington.

Rosenbach left the Kennedy School in 2010 to become managing director of the Markle Foundation, handling national security issues, and moved earlier this year to a senior role at Good Harbor Consulting, a leading consulting firm on cyber-security and related issues. He remained a faculty affiliate at the Belfer Center and an adjunct lecturer at the school, teaching a course on counterterrorism policy and national security law.

Belfer Center director Graham Allison said, “During his time at the Center, Eric’s analytic skills earned the respect of serious people. He managed to earn a faculty appointment after only a year.  He taught a course on cyber-security policy that received one of the highest ratings in the international concentration.  Last year he designed an impressive and innovative policy analysis class that hammered home to students the importance of analytic tools and frameworks.”

“That said,” Allison added, “ I think Eric’s strongest point is his ability to make things run.  Harvard might be one of the only bureaucracies in the world that rivals that of the Pentagon. In this environment, Eric excelled -- and with flair.”

Good Harbor Consulting is led by Richard A. Clarke, the former White House counterterrorism adviser who also teaches at the Kennedy School and is a Belfer Center faculty affiliate.

Clarke said of Rosenbach: “Eric is a tremendous leader who brings extensive cyber-security policy and technical experience to his new job as DASD for Cyber Policy. At a time when our country’s cyber-security challenges demand great leadership, Eric will be a major asset to DoD and the national security community.”

Rosenbach brings to his Pentagon role deep expertise developed during a distinguished career of government and military service involving high-level intelligence and security. He served on the staff of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and previously was an active-duty military intelligence officer supporting post-war conflict operations in the Balkans, for which he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

He holds a juris doctor from Georgetown and earned a masters in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2004. As a Fulbright Scholar he conducted post-graduate research on privatization programs.

Allison said that background would pay off at the Pentagon: “His Senate experience gives him a keen nose for bureaucratic politics; his Army and private sector experience helps him run a disciplined shop.  He has high expectations of followers, but his mentorship of staff and students made for a devoted crowd.”


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For Academic Citation:

"Rosenbach Tapped for Pentagon Cyber Policy Role." News, Harvard University, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, October 6, 2011.

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