George E. Little

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George Little at the Pentagon, July 2011

George E. Little is a former Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Defense and was replaced by Brent Colburn.[1][2] He was appointed to his position on July 19, 2011.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Little was appointed director of public affairs at the Central Intelligence Agency in October 2010, where he served as the CIA's chief media spokesman, provided strategic counsel to the director and his senior leadership team, coordinated internal communications to CIA employees in the United States and abroad, and managed communications and outreach to the American public. Little began his communications work at the CIA in April 2007 as chief of media relations.

From 2005 to 2007, he worked in the National Counterterrorism Center's (NCTC) Directorate of Strategic Operational Planning, where he led the development of the congressionally-mandated National Strategy to Combat Terrorist Travel, and headed an interagency group responsible for assessing the U.S. government's progress in the fight against al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups.

Little previously worked as an intelligence community and business consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton and IBM.[4]


Little received his doctorate in international relations, with distinction, from Georgetown University, where he has also been an adjunct professor of international relations and international law, and his master’s and bachelor's degrees from the University of Virginia. He is a 1990 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

Personal life[edit]

His wife, Bethany Little, is chief education counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. They have two young sons.


  1. ^ "Brent Colburn". Department of Defense. Archived from the original on 20 March 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
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  3. ^ "Secretary Panetta Announces Appointments to Key Defense Public Affairs Posts". Department of Defense News Release. 2011-07-19. Archived from the original on 2012-12-28. Retrieved 2013-11-03. 
  4. ^ "Communicating Effectively on National Security in a 24/7 News Cycle". The Institute of World Politics. Archived from the original on 15 March 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 

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