Honorable David J. Berteau
Assistant Secretary of Defense
Logistics and Materiel Readiness
Mr. Berteau is the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness, responsible for
ensuring world class military logistics support to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.
He manages logistics policy and processes to provide superior, cost effective, joint logistics support to the
warfighter. He oversees the management of the $170 billion in Department of Defense logistics
Prior to this role, Mr. Berteau served as Senior Vice President and Director of the National Security
Program on Industry and Resources at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in
Washington DC. His research and analysis covered national security plans, policies, programs, budgets,
and resources; defense management, contracting, logistics, and acquisition; and national security
economics and industrial base issues. Mr. Berteau has been an adjunct professor at Georgetown
University and at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, a Director of the Procurement Round
Table, and an Associate at the Robert S. Strauss Center at the University of Texas. He remains a Fellow
of the National Academy of Public Administration.
Before he joined CSIS full time in 2008, he served as a CSIS non-resident Senior Associate for seven
years. In addition, he was director of national defense and homeland security for Clark & Weinstock,
director of Syracuse University's National Security Studies Program and a professor of practice at the
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and senior vice president at Science Applications
International Corporation (SAIC). Previously, he served 12 years at senior levels in the U.S. Defense
Department under four defense secretaries, including four years as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
of Defense for Production and Logistics.
Mr. Berteau graduated with a B.A. from Tulane University in 1971 and received his master's degree in
1981 from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.