James N. Miller

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James Miller
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Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
In office
February 18, 2012 – January 8, 2014
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Michèle Flournoy
Succeeded by Michael Lumpkin
Personal details
Born (1959-08-15) August 15, 1959 (age 58)
Alma mater

James Northey Miller, Jr. (born August 15, 1959) is a senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He was the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from February 18, 2012 until January 8, 2014. As such, he provided advice to the Secretary of Defense.[1] He was born in Waterloo, Iowa.[2] In 2000, he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.[3]


Miller received a B.A. degree with honors in economics from Stanford University, and Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University with a thesis entitled, "Approaching zero : an evaluation of radical reductions in superpower nuclear arsenals".


He was senior professional staff member for the House Armed Services Committee (1988-1992), assistant professor at Duke University (1992-1997); Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Requirements, Plans, and Counterproliferation Policy (1997-2000); and Senior Vice President (2003-2007) and Vice President (2000-2003) at Hicks and Associates, Inc..

He then served as Senior Vice President and Director of Studies at the Center for a New American Security (2007-2009), Dr. Miller served as Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy before he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy on May 25, 2012.


Miller is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, where he is an advisor to the Combating WMD Panel of DoD’s Threat Reduction Advisory Committee and the Defense Science Board, as senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and as senior associate member at St. Antony’s College, Oxford. In 2000 he received the Department of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.


  1. ^ "James N. Miller". Department of Defense. Archived from the original on 13 July 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CHRG-112shrg80073/pdf/CHRG-112shrg80073.pdf
  3. ^ Rozen, Laura (19 January 2012). "Dr. James N. Miller to be tapped for top Pentagon policy job". Retrieved 25 June 2012. 

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