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Alexander B. Gray

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Alexander B. Gray
🏳️ Nationality
🏫 Education
  • George Washington University (B.A.)
  • King’s College War Studies Department (M.A.)
💼 Occupation
Special Assistant to the President, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy

Alexander B. Gray is Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy.[1]


Gray began his career as analyst at the Washington, D.C. based nonprofit think tank Bipartisan Policy Center.[2] Afterwards he became Senior Advisor at the office of J. Randy Forbes (R-VA), where he served between April 2013 and August 2016. Congressman Forbes was chairman of the House Armed Seapower subcommittee and known for his tough stance towards China.[3] Alexander Gray’s official title was defense press secretary/legislative assistant, which means that he was responsible for the congressman’s national security media, foreign policy, trade and Congressional China Caucus portfolios.[4]

He was elected to be part of CSIS-Pacific Forum Young Leaders Program in 2014[4] and FPI’s Future Leaders Program.[2]

Gray joined the Trump campaign in August 2016 as Senior Defense Advisor and was, after Donald Trump’s victory, a member of the Landing Team for the U.S. Department of State[3] between November and January 2017,[5] with a focus on issues relating to Asia-Pacific.[2]

On 20 January 2017,[5] he was named Deputy Director of the National Trade Council for the defense industrial base deputy director of the White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy and Special Assistant to the President for defense policy.[6]

In July 2017, the President signed the "Executive Order on Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States", concerning a core topic of Alexander Gray’s work[7] as Special Assistant to the president for defense policy.[8] Gray is the White House head of an interagency task force coordinated by John McGinn, acting deputy assistant secretary of defense of the office of manufacturing and industrial base policy in the office of the undersecretary of defense for acquisitions, technology and logistics.[9] The report, due in the first semester of 2018, will recommend ways and means to the President in which the defense industrial base can be strengthened, according to Gray.[6]


Gray has published articles on security and defense topics in several top-rated publications, including National Review,[10][11] The Weekly Standard,[12] and Strategic Studies Quarterly.[13] In November 2016, he published an article together with Peter Navarro in a Foreign Policy magazine.[14]


Gray is graduate of George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs[15] where he earned a B.A. in international affairs, with a concentration in conflict and security.[16] He also earned a master's degree from the King's College War Studies Department in London.[11]


  1. "Executive Office of the President" (PDF). White House. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Speakers". New America. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Landing teams land with some cyber experience". Politico. 22 November 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Young leader biographies" (PDF). Pacific Forum CSIS. 23 March 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Executive Branch Personnel" (PDF). DocumentCloud. March 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "White House to order review of US defense industrial base". The Hill. 21 July 2017. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  7. "Trump's Trade Warrior Is the Most Unpopular Economist in the Class". Bloomberg Businessweek. 2 May 2017. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  8. "Trump orders review of U.S. defense industrial base -official". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 21 July 2017. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  9. "Pentagon Official Sheds Light on Ongoing Industrial Base Study". NDIA's Business and Technology Magazine. 9 August 2017. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  10. "Don't Slash Defense Spending". National Review. 20 July 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "The New Isolationism". National Review. 3 January 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  12. "Numero Uno". The Weekly Standard. 1 June 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  13. "A Contest for Supremacy: China, America, and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia". Air University. 5 December 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  14. "Donald Trump's Peace Through Strength Vision for the Asia-Pacific". Foreign Policy. 7 November 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  15. "President-Elect Donald J. Trump Transition Builds Out White House Policy Team". campaign-archive.com. 5 January 2017. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  16. "YOUNG LEADER BIOGRAPHIES" (PDF). amazonaws.com. 23–24 March 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2018.CS1 maint: Date format (link)

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