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Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Jason W. Forrrester
speaks on, "Military same-sex marriage: promoting equality." Jason W. Forrester serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of
Defense (Manpower and Personnel) in the Office of the Assistant
Secretary of Defense (Reserve Affairs). He is responsible for
Reserve component manpower, personnel, compensation, and medical
matters, as well as multiple related functions that support the 1.1
million members of the National Guard and Reserve.
Mr Forrester has served in various defense policy positions including Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower & Reserve Affairs); Advisor for DoD’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” review; Team Chief (Personnel & Readiness); and on the Efficiencies Initiative (reprioritizing DoD resources).
Twice between 2004-2009, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). From 2005-2006, Jason was Legislative Assistant to Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV). He has served as Research Director for the Nuclear Threat Reduction Campaign, and researcher in the Foreign Policy Studies Program of the Brookings Institution. Jason is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He received an M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and was graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in political science from the Sewanee: The University of the South. This seminar is off the record and comments cannot be published without the consent of the speaker. The seminar is open to Harvard students, fellows, faculty and ID card holders.