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Markle Names Eric Rosenbach Managing Director of National Security

Publication Date: May 5, 2010

NEW YORK, NY—The Markle Foundation announced today the appointment of Eric Rosenbach as Managing Director of National Security. Mr. Rosenbach is currently the Executive Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School, where he also taught a course on counterterrorism policy and law. He previously served as a professional staff member on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and as the national security advisor for US Senator Chuck Hagel. He will start his new position with Markle in Washington, DC in mid-June of this year.

“Eric is a widely respected national security expert with particular knowledge of information technology, cyber security, and intelligence. We are delighted he is joining Markle,” says Markle president Zoë Baird. “He will bring great depth to our work with his background in government, technology, military intelligence, and national security law.”

Markle’s National Security work has focused on keeping America safe by transforming how government does business—making it better informed and more collaborative while protecting civil liberties through the best use of technology and management know-how available. The primary vehicle for Markle’s work in national security has been the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age. The Markle Task Force is comprised of a diverse and bipartisan group of experienced national security policy makers from the past six presidential administrations, senior executives from the information technology industry, public interest advocates, and experts in privacy and intelligence. It has been co-chaired by Zoë Baird and Jim Barksdale. As Managing Director of National Security, Mr. Rosenbach will lead the work of the Markle Task Force and the further implementation of recommendations for developing a trusted information sharing framework and expand Markle’s efforts in related areas.

Mr. Rosenbach’s prior work in the private sector includes serving as Chief Security Officer at World Online International, the largest Internet service provider in Europe at that time, where he was responsible for all aspects of cyber security, privacy, and network operations. As a military intelligence officer supporting post-conflict operations in the Balkans, Mr. Rosenbach was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. The Director of Central Intelligence named his unit the top intelligence organization in the US military for two consecutive years.

Mr. Rosenbach has co-authored books focusing on both congressional oversight of intelligence and counterterrorism policy. His published opinion pieces have appeared in the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, the Boston Globe, the Baltimore Sun, and the Chicago Tribune. Mr. Rosenbach completed a Juris Doctor with a focus on national security law at Georgetown, a Master’s degree in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Bachelor of Arts at Davidson College. As a Fulbright Scholar in Eastern Europe, he conducted postgraduate research on privatization programs.

The Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age is a diverse and bipartisan group of former policy makers from the past six presidential administrations, senior information technology executives, and privacy advocates from both the public and private sectors. The Markle Task Force has recommended ways of improving national security decisions by transforming business processes and how information is shared. Its recommendations informed the 9/11 Commission Report and were subsequently included in two federal laws.  Learn more about the Markle Task Force at