Larry Velte is Associate Professor at the Near East South Asia Center, where he was appointed in 2005 following a 37-year career as an Army officer and Department of Defense civilian. Between 1992 and 2005, Larry Velte served as Deputy Chief of the Middle East Division in the Joint Staff’s Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J-5). His duties included providing information, analysis, and policy recommendations concerning the Middle East and North Africa to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the senior military leadership. In that role, Larry Velte dealt with key Defense-related issues including, among others, regional counter-terrorism action plans, and the development of the NATO Mediterranean Dialogue. He was also responsible for Washington Interagency coordination of military cooperative programs with regional partners in the Maghreb (Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria), as well as Egypt, and Jordan.
During his active duty military career, Larry Velte was a Middle East Foreign Area Officer and served tours of duty in North Africa and the Middle east. He also served FAO assignments in Washington, including Chief of the Middle East/Africa/South Asia Branch in the Army Staff G-3. Other overseas tours included Thailand and Vietnam.