Paul Noble Stockton has been nominated by the President to serve as Assistant Secretary of Defense (Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs). Below I have copied the brief bio included in the White House announcement.
Readers of this blog will recall that Paul and I were announced as the co-contributors to succeed Jonah Czerwinski. Shortly after that partnership was made public, Paul learned that he might be considered for a position in the administration. For obvious reasons, Paul was never able to make a post, but has remained an avid reader of HLSwatch and, especially, the comments.
I have known Paul for many years. He has had fabulous mentors. His father was in the thick of Illinois politics, which as we have seen can be an effective schoolhouse. Paul’s political wisdom was well-nurtured by Senator Moynihan. But I perceive Paul’s most important guide has been James Madison. When you meet him, ask something about the Federalist Papers. Dr. Stockton will bring to Homeland Defense a profound sense of the role of the States in the defense of the nation… and of liberty.
From the White House announcement:
Mr. Stockton is a senior research scholar at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. He was formerly the associate provost at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and was the founding director of its Center for Homeland Defense and Security. His research focuses on how U.S. security institutions respond to changes in the threat (including the rise of terrorism), and the interaction of Congress and the Executive branch in restructuring national security budgets, policies and institutional arrangements. From 2000-2001, he founded and served as the acting dean of NPS’ School of International Graduate Studies. From 1995 until 2000, he served as director of NPS’ Center for Civil-Military Relations. From 1986-1989 Stockton served as legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Stockton received a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in 1976 and a doctorate in government from Harvard University in 1986.