Mark Swayne is the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Stability and Humanitarian Affairs (SHA) within ASD for Special Operations/Low – Intensity Conflict in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (OUSD) for Policy. SHA develops defense policy for embassy security, humanitarian assistance, disaster response, peacekeeping, stability operations, international rule of law, prevention of atrocities, human rights, lethal autonomous weapons systems, and women, peace and security.

He previously served as the Director for North-West-Central Africa and Horn of Africa Regional Director in OUSD Policy. He retired from the US Navy in 2008, and has been working defense policy issues since January 2002. Previous to working at OSD Policy, Mark was with the State Department and Interagency Liaison officer for the US-Africa Command’s Pentagon Office.