Rich Outzen
Policy Planning Staff
Term of Appointment: 07/2016 to present

COL Rich Outzen joined the Policy Planning Staff following a tour on faculty at the National Defense University, where he taught courses on strategy and the Middle East. Prior to that he served as Defense Attaché in Kabul. Before that assignment, he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Training and Development for the United States Security Coordinator in Jerusalem, Executive Officer of the Office of Defense Cooperation in Ankara, and assistant U.S. Army Attaché in Tel Aviv. He deployed twice in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, once in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, and once in support of Operation PROVIDE COMFORT. COL Outzen also has served in a variety of command and staff positions in Field Artillery and Military Intelligence units. He has a B.A. from Dartmouth, an M.A. from the Naval Postgraduate School, and an M.S. from the Eisenhower School.