The Honorable Mark T. Kimmitt specializes in advising firms on international defense matters.
Until December 2011, Kimmitt served as Executive Vice President of Advanced Technology Systems Company, a defense contracting firm with a core focus overseas, principally in the Middle East. ATSC competencies include supplying and maintaining the militaries of US allies with system installation/integration, logistics support, technical assistance and specialized construction.
Appointed by the President, Kimmitt served as Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs in the U.S. State Department. In that capacity, he was responsible for worldwide State Department political-military issues, with particular emphasis on Foreign Military Sales, security assistance and defense cooperation, and served as the primary liaison between the Departments of State and Defense.
From 2006 to 2008, Kimmitt served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Middle East Policy. He was instrumental in key defense decisions including operations in Afghanistan, the change in US strategy for Iraq in 2006, representing the Department of Defense in the 2008 Status of Forces negotiations with Iraq and leading DOD efforts to enhance security in the Middle East through the Gulf Security Dialogue.
Kimmitt also served as Deputy Director for Plans and Strategy at Central Command along with Deputy Director for Operations and Chief Military Spokesman for US forces. Previous to this Kimmitt served for over 30 years as an officer in the United States Army. Kimmitt is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He holds a Masters Degree (with Distinction) from the Harvard Business School and was elected Class Marshal of his graduating class. He earned Masters Degrees from the School of Advanced Military Studies and the National Defense University, and a professional certification as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He also served as Assistant Professor of Finance and Economics in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy, West Point and is a well-known speaker, writer and frequent commentator on US and Arabic media outlets. He is a life member of the Council of Foreign Relations.