Gregory D. Bates
Vice President, Security and Peace-keeping
Gregory (Greg) Bates brings 30 years of government and private sector experience working with national policy-makers, as well as national and international government, intelligence and law enforcement agencies. He currently serves as a regional advisor for a non-proliferation/counter weapons of mass destruction program for partner nations, and previously served as Chief of Interagency Planning for US Central Command. In 2008-2009 he served as Director of the Stability Operations Division at the US Department of State's Foreign Service Institute, where he designed and oversaw pre-deployment training programs for civilian agency and military personnel deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan, and serving on or leading Provincial Reconstruction Teams.
From 2005-2006, he was Director of the National Coordination Team and US Embassy Baghdad’s Deputy-Director for Civil-Military Regional Operations, where he led the effort to develop the Iraq Provincial Reconstruction Team Program. Previously,he served as the Director of Operations for USAID’s Iraq Local Governance Program, and from 2003-early 2004 served as the Deputy Governance Coordinator/Acting Governance Coordinator, Governance Team (Diwaniyah) under the Coalition Provisional Authority. Mr. Bates served has also served as a consultant to the Department of State and Department of Defense, providing training and program support to military and civilian officials deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan.
A former US State Department State Foreign Service Officer, Mr. Bates is also a retired USMC Intelligence Officer with twenty-two years experience with Navy, Marine Corps and joint/combined intelligence operations, including Special Operations. He received his Bachelors Degree from Saint Leo University and has graduate studies in Psychology. He is a recipient of the State Department’s Superior Honor Award and the Defense Department’s Meritorious Service Medal, among others. He has been a guest speaker at several government and private industry events focusing on stabilization and capacity-building.