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Ambassador Brent R. Hartley

Foreign Policy Advisor to the Chairman

Official bio photo for the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Ambassador Brent Hartley

Brent R. Hartley, the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, served as Foreign Policy Advisor to the Chief of Staff of the Army from July 2018 to September 2019, and before that as the Ambassador to the Republic of Slovenia from February 2015 to June 2018.

A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Mr. Hartley served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs (2012-2015), with responsibilities for bilateral relations with Nordic and Baltic countries as well as policy issues related to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), arms control, nonproliferation, and security assistance. His other key assignments included Director for European Security and Political Affairs (2010-2012), Director of the Office of Pakistan Affairs (2008-10) and Counselor for Political-Military Affairs in Kabul (2007-08).

Mr. Hartley entered the Foreign Service in March 1981 and served his first tour at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.  He was born in Medford, Oregon.  He and his wife have a daughter and a son.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in U.S. History and International Relations from Hampshire College and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the National War College.