Mr. Jed Royal

Mr. Jed Royal
Deputy Director
Defense Security Cooperation Agency


Mr. Jed Royal is a career member of the Senior Executive Service, who previously served as the Director, Defense Policy and Plans, at the US Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. In this capacity, Mr. Royal represented the United States to the NATO alliance on defense policy, capability, planning, deterrence, burden sharing and partnership matters.

Prior to joining the Department of the Army, Mr. Royal was a member of the Office of the Secretary of Defense for fifteen years, most recently serving as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia affairs.  He was also detailed to the National Security Council at the White House as Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2013-2015, served as the Director for Cooperative Threat Reduction Policy in the office of Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction from 2010-2013, and served on exchange in Canberra, Australia as the Director of Strategic Advice in the Australian Department of Defence from 2007 - 2010. Mr. Royal was also assigned to the Counter Proliferation Policy office and the Office of Negotiations Policy.  Mr. Royal started his career in the United States Senate as Legislative Assistant for Near East and South Asia Policy at the Foreign Relations Committee. He has been recognized with the OSD Award for Excellence (2005), the OSD Exceptional Civilian Service Award (2007 and 2012), and the Australian Defence Strategic Executive Commendation (2009) and the OSD Award for Meritorious Service (2017).

Mr. Royal holds the degree of M.PHIL from the University of New South Wales where his research and writing focused on the economic-security nexus, in particular the consequences of economic volatility on security relationships. He completed his undergraduate studies in International Affairs at The George Washington University.