Military Bios

Brigadier General David H. Roe:

Military Branch:United States Airforce
Retired Oct. 1, 1986.  
Brigadier General David H. Roe is principal director of NATO Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, Washington, D.C. He is responsible for developing defense policy across the entire range of political-military issues affecting NATO and for advising the secretary of Defense and senior defense officials on these matters.
General Roe was born in 1940, in Denver and graduated from Topeka High School, Topeka, Kan. He was a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo., in 1962 and studied at Oxford University, England, on a Rhodes Scholarship, from 1962 to 1964. The general received a master's degree and a doctorate in physiology from the University of Illinois in 1969 and 1970, respectively. He completed Squadron Officer School in 1965 and graduated from the National War College in 1980.
Following his studies at Oxford in September 1964, he was assigned to the Air Force Flight Center, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. While there his duties as a bioastronautics project officer included support of the C-141A Joint Test Force, the XC-142 Tri-Service Test Force and the F-111A Joint Test Force. General Roe was the team chief for personnel subsystem test and evaluation on the F-111A Joint Test Force. Additionally, he served as officer-in-charge of the Edwards pararescue team for X-15 and XB-70 operations.
In February 1970, following his graduate studies at the University of Illinois, he joined the faculty at the Air Force Academy as associate professor and division director in the Department of Life and Behavioral Sciences. In addition to his academic duties, he assisted in the military training programs and was officer representative for the varsity soccer team. While serving at the academy, the general went to Vietnam and prepared a report analyzing the history of modernization and improvement of the Vietnamese Air Force in Military Region I us a part of Project CHECO (Contemporary Historical Examination of Current Operations).
General Roe became research assistant to the Department of Defense Committee on Excellence in Education, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C., in March 1974. His work for this committee, chaired by the deputy secretary of Defense, involved analyses of the service academies, senior service schools and the service graduate education programs.
He was selected to be a White House Fellow in May 1975 and became a special assistant to the secretary of Health, Education and Welfare. During this assignment he fostered an idea development process and helped prepare conceptual analyses regarding the future evolution of social programs in the United States.
General Roe returned to the Pentagon in December 1976 as an action officer in the Strategy Division, Directorate of Plans, Headquarters U.S. Air Force. He served as the Air Force action officer on a number of major joint actions including Joint Chiefs of Staff participation in PRM-10, the Carter administration review of national military strategy, Joint Chiefs of Staff revision to the Joint Strategic Planning System and the formulation of the first Joint Strategic Planning Document. He also coordinated air staff efforts in the annual development of planning and programming guidance documents, and the secretary of defense annual report to the Congress.
From August 1979 to July 1980, General Roe attended the National War College as a research associate of the National Defense University. The National Defense University published his research paper on the process of military strategy formulation in the United States: "National Military Strategy: Determinant, Resultant or Figment?"
The general moved to Brussels, Belgium, in July 1980 as a military plans officer in the Defense Plans Division, United States Mission to NATO in Brussels. In addition to a geographical focus on NATO's central region, his duties included: NATO defense response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the out-of-area issue in general, coordination of preparations for ministerial meetings of the Defense Planning Committee, and the defense component of the Bonn Summit. As deputy director of the Defense Plans Division he acted on occasion as the U.S. representative to the Defense Review Committee.
General Roe transferred to the military headquarters for Allied Command Europe in Mons, Belgium, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, in June 1982 and was assigned as a special assistant to the chief of staff. His primary responsibilities included supreme allied commander, Europe/commander in chief, Europe interface with U.S. planning, programming and budgeting process, Allied Command Europe concept of operations, NATO Air Defense, Spanish integration, NATO nuclear policy, nuclear weapons surety, and various staff studies and speeches as directed by SHAPE chief of staff of SACEUR/CINCEUR.
In July 1983 he returned to Washington, D.C., and served as special assistant for joint matters to the director, joint staff, Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and was responsible for scheduling issues to be addressed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He assumed his present position in April 1985.
The general is a military parachutist and is a certified jumpmaster. His military decorations and awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters and Meritorious Service Medal.
General Roe is the winner of the Commandant's Trophy as the outstanding graduate from Class 65-C of Squadron Officer School and the General of the Air Force Henry H. Arnold Sabre as commander of the Air Force Cadet Wing. He is a past president of the Association of Graduates, U.S. Air Force Academy and he is listed in Outstanding Young Men of America, 1967. He has published a number of articles in international scientific journals and is a member of Sigma Xi for scientific research.
He assumed the grade of brigadier general April 19, 1985.


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