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Missile Advocacy Group Announces New Board Member

By | April 27, 2009

      John Rood, a former State Department under secretary for arms control and international security, accepted a position on the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA) Advisory Board.

      The addition of Rood’s expertise on U.S policy and international relations surrounding missile defense over the past years bolsters MDAA in both technical and policy issues, Riki Ellison, the MDAA president, stated.

      Rood has 17 years of experience in working missile defense issues for the United States and brings experience from his assignments at the State Department, the Department of Defense, the CIA and as a staffer on Capitol Hill.

      Rood played a significant U.S. role for the negotiation and completion of agreements with Poland and the Czech Republic to host a European Missile Defense system.

      Recent remarks by President Obama and the behavior of both Iran and North Korea concern Ellison, who added that "the United States must remain vigilant, strong and continue to fully support missile defense to protect the American public and our armed forces."