Elizabeth (Liz) F. Wilson

Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Defense Exports & Cooperation

Liz Wilson was appointed to Senior Executive Service in December 2012. She currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Defense Exports and Cooperation. She is the Army principal responsible for Security Assistance and armaments cooperation, export policies, direct commercial sales of Army defense articles, and international cooperative research, development and acquisition. These programs employ over 3100 Army Soldiers and Civilians and exceed $15B annually in sales and cooperative efforts with over 150 foreign countries.

Ms. Wilson previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Marketing for two years. She was the principal advisor to Senior Army Leadership on Army marketing, branding, and market and accessions research in support of Army accessions. Prior she served as the Executive Director of the DoD/VA Collaboration Office as DoD’s central point of contact for the White House, Congress, and the Department of Veterans Affairs regarding Service member and Veteran programs. Ms. Wilson’s first position as SES was as Principal Director, Manpower and Personnel in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs where she developed policy to support 1.1 million members of the Guard and Reserve. Before appointment to SES, Ms. Wilson served as a Highly Qualified Expert for three years advising the Deputy Under Secretary of the Army on executive education and development and organizational efficiencies.

In June 2007, Ms. Wilson retired at the rank of Colonel after 26 years of active duty, culminating as Deputy Director in the Army G-1 Policy Directorate where she created innovative policies to enable wartime operations. Ms. Wilson is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College class of 2003 and she resides in Washington, D.C.