David Brent Hardt, Ph.D.

Professor & Senior Service Advisor National Security Affairs
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Biography

Ambassador Hardt is the State Department faculty advisor to the president of the Naval War College and a professor in the National Security Affairs department. A career senior foreign service officer for the Western Hemisphere and Europe, he served in a variety of political-military assignments and from 2011-2014, served as the U.S. ambassador to Guyana. Before joining the Naval War College, he served as Chargé d'Affaires at the U.S. embassy in Paris and later as the foreign policy advisor to the commanders of U.S. Special Operations Command and U.S. Central Command.

Areas of Expertise

  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Counterdrug Operations
  • Counterterrorism
  • Diplomacy
  • Europe
  • Foreign Policy
  • International Relations
  • Irregular Warfare
  • Latin America
  • Middle East
  • National Security
  • NATO
  • Policy
  • Security Cooperation
  • Special Operations
  • Terrorism

Professional Highlights

2018

State Department Senior Advisor / Professor of National Security Affairs

2017

Charge d'affaires. a.i. United States Embassy, Paris, France

2016

Foreign Policy Advisor, United States Central Command (USCENTCOM)

2014

Foreign Policy Advisor, United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)

2011

Ambassador to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, U.S. Representative to CARICOM

2008

Charge d'affaires, a.i. United States Embassy, Bridgetown, Barbados

2005

Deputy Chief of Mission/Charge d'affaires, a.i. U.S. Embassy, Nassau, Bahamas

2002

Deputy Chief of Mission/Charge d'affaires, a.i. U.S. Embassy to the Holy See

2000

Team Leader, NATO Policy, Office of European Security Affairs, Bureau of European Affairs

Education

Ph.D., The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, 1991, International Relations

M.A.L.D., The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, 1986

B.A., Yale University, 1983, History

Awards and Decorations

Senior Performance Awards
Department of State

Director General’s Award for Reporting
Department of State

Superior Honor Award
Department of State, Five Awards

Meritorious Honor Award
Department of State, Three Awards

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award

U.S. Special Operations Command Distinguished Civilian Service Award

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