Noel Koch was appointed by President Obama as the first Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for the Office of Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy (WWCTP) in May of 2009. In this role, he is responsible for policy and programs related to disability systems, Service member transitions to Veteran status, separations from the Armed Forces, and wounded warrior care coordination. He works closely with the Department of Veterans Affairs and other federal agencies to ensure medical and non-medical services are provided across the full continuum of care for wounded Service members, Veterans and families from recovery to rehabilitation through reintegration.
Mr. Koch recently served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of TranSecur, Inc., a global security corporation providing information and support services to foreign and domestic government agencies, corporations, families, and individuals at risk from crime, terrorism and related high-level threats in the multinational environment. Services include threat assessment; vulnerability analysis; security systems design, implementation, and management; crisis management systems design and assistance; and, security awareness training for high-risk personnel. TranSecur, Inc. has offices in the U.S., the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.
Mr. Koch is an expert on terrorism and security-related issues, with over forty years experience in developing intelligence and advanced analytical procedures for identifying and assessing potential threats to individuals, and institutional or corporate assets; and, providing security and protective services, including personal security details, facilities security, security force management, personal security awareness training for executives and other high-risk personnel.
Mr. Koch lectures and writes on matters related to terrorism and low-intensity conflict. He is a former Adjunct Professor specializing in Low-Intensity Conflict in the National Security Studies Program of Georgetown University’s Graduate School. He served as an instructor for the US State Department’s Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program, training foreign ministerial-level officials in anti-terrorism policy development, and senior-level crisis management
Mr. Koch served as an expert witness in the bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, and the attempted hi-jacking of Pan Am 073 in Karachi, Pakistan.
Mr. Koch served recently as a member of the Defense Science Board Panel on Post-Conflict Stabilization and Reconstruction.
Mr. Koch served in the Department of Defense for more than five years as Director for Special Planning, with responsibility for oversight and management of the Pentagon’s role in dealing with international terrorism. These responsibilities included oversight of provisions for the security of U.S. military facilities and personnel. Mr. Koch directed and monitored the operation and evaluation of the military services’ first anti-terrorism programs, including training programs for the protection of personnel in high-threat environments, as well as providing oversight and support for active anti-terrorist measures. He conceived and directed the first political-level crisis management exercises ever conducted using those Cabinet officers whose agencies (e.g. the White House, Departments of State, Justice, Transportation, CIA, etc. shared responsibilities for dealing with terrorist incidents.
Mr. Koch led the first survey element into Beirut in the aftermath of the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in April 1983. He was the Department of Defense representative to the Interagency Group on Terrorism, the White House’s Terrorist Incident Working Group, and the National Security Council’s Operations Subgroup. He was the Reagan Administration’s principal liaison with foreign counter-terrorism agencies and authorities, and has extensive experience in managing relations with foreign government agencies from ministerial to working level individuals having host-nation responsibilities for protection of U.S. national interests, including U.S. military facilities and personnel.U.S. Department of Defense
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (ISA). Responsibilities included management of ISA regional operations: Near-East/South Asia, Africa, East Asia-Pacific and Inter-America, as well as the Defense Security Assistance Agency; representing DoD in the Law of the Sea negotiations; conducting negotiations pursuant to DoD interests in the Micronesian Status Negotiations, including the preservation of U.S. interests in the Kwajalein Missile Range.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Africa. Responsibilities included management of DoD interests in Africa, U.S. defense and security assistance policy toward Africa, interface with other U.S. Departments and agencies – principally the White House, the Department of State and the Central Intelligence Agency – in the implementation of U.S. defense and foreign policy toward African nations.
Director, Special Planning. Oversight responsibility for the U.S. Department of Defense role in addressing terrorism, including development of U.S. policy toward terrorism; assuring adequacy of U.S. counter-terrorism preparations – including forces; training and indoctrination of U.S. forces abroad; liaison with all foreign counter-terrorism forces and foreign national authorities having host nation responsibility for the protection of U.S. military personnel and their dependents; representation of DoD on the Interagency Group on Terrorism, as well as in other federal entities involved in dealing with terrorism. He was responsible for the restoration of U.S. Special Operations Forces.
The White House
Special Assistant to the President of the United States. Responsible for preparation of Presidential speeches, legislative messages; energy policy development; representing special White House interests before members of Congress; and, selected foreign travel with the President.
Testimony,Speaking Engagements and Media Appearances
Frequently called to testify before U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on defense, special operations and terrorism issues. Invited speaker before a wide assortment of public and private groups, including Harvard Law School, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, Georgetown University, Boston University, Florida State University; Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Korea; the Brookings Institute, Hans Seidel Stiftung (Berlin), the RAND Corporation, Los Alamos National Laboratories, Institute for the Study of Terrorism (London); West Point Senior Seminar, United States Military Academy; Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island; the John F. Kennedy Center, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina; USAF Special Operations School, Hurlburt Field, Florida; Marine Corps League, Democratic Leadership Council, American Society for Industrial Security, International Security Management Association, Young Presidents Association, the Comstock Club, Congressional Quarterly Seminar, American Chamber of Commerce (Panama), ministerial level groups in Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Niger, Nigeria, Zaire, Kenya, Sudan, Somalia, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, etc.
Frequent appearances on television, including Primetime Live, Nightline, Nightwatch, Viewpoint, ABC World News, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, 20-20, CBS Morning News, Good Morning America, “This Week with David Brinkley,” Cable News Network, and the British Broadcasting System.
B.A., English, Widener University
M.A., Political Science, Bryn Mawr College
Graduate, US 7th Army NCO Academy, Bad Tolz, Germany
U.S. Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service
Decorated by the Republic of Korea for Counter-Terrorism Assistance
Achievement Award of the Association of the United States Army
Washington Regional Selection Panel for White House Fellows
Special Counsel, President’s Advisory Committee on Refugees
Six years in the United States Army