Brig. Gen. Mark T. Kimmitt (ret.)

Expert

Strategy & Planning

Mark’s career spans more than four decades in military, civilian posts, as well as in the private sector.

He served for 30 years in the US Army and retired as a General officer in 2007. He served in a wide variety of command, operational, and policy positions worldwide with operational experience in Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Korea, Germany, and Belgium. He commanded soldiers, rangers and paratroopers at battery, battalion, Division Artillery and Corps Artillery in the United States Army Field Artillery, retiring as a General Officer.

While in Iraq from 2003-2004, Mark served as Deputy Director for Operations and Chief Military Spokesman for US forces, handling daily press conferences and operational issues for coalition military forces.

From 2004 to 2006, he served as Deputy Director for Plans and Strategy at Central Command. In that position, he was responsible for theater-wide strategic planning, security assistance and liaison with militaries throughout the Middle East and Central Asia along with military planning efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq. 

From 2006 to 2008, Mark served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy, responsible for defense policy development and guidance throughout the region. He was instrumental in key defense decisions during that period to include operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and represented DOD in the 2008 Status of Forces negotiations with Iraq along with DOD efforts to enhance security in the Middle East through the Gulf Security Dialogue.

Until 2009, Mark served as Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs. In that capacity, he was responsible for worldwide State Department political-military issues with emphasis on security assistance and defense trade as well as serving as the principal liaison between the Departments of State and Defense. 

Since 2009, he has advised US and international corporations on technology transactions with a cumulative value of $250 million.

Mark is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He earned an MBA (with Distinction) from the Harvard Business School and was elected Class Marshal of the Class of 1984. He earned additional degrees from the School of Advanced Military Studies and the National Defense University, and a professional certification as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He additionally served as Assistant Professor of Finance and Economics in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy and is a writer for, and frequent guest on US and overseas media outlets. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and speaks conversational German and Spanish and elementary French and Arabic.