Edward Marks


Ambassador Edward Marks is currently a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the George Mason University School of Public Policy’s Program on Peacekeeping Policy, a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Terrorism Studies, Governor for Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired, and a Senior Mentor at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia.  He served as a Foreign Service Officer for 39 years with the State Department, where his overseas postings included: Kenya, Mexico, Angola, Zambia, Belgium, Zaire and Sri Lanka.  He served as Chief of Mission to the Republics of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde from 1976 to 1980.  He has also served as a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Deputy U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council to the UN, the Department of State’s Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism, and State Department Advisor on Terrorism to the U.S. Pacific Command.  Marks has written extensively on terrorism and interagency coordination, and recently co-authored U.S. Government Counterterrorism: A Guide to Who Does What.  He holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan, an M.A. from the University of Oklahoma and is a graduate of the National War College.


Raymond D. Barrett
Deputy Director

Maj. Gen. Raymond D. Barrett, U.S. Army, Ret., is the Deputy Director of the Simons Center.  He served as an Infantry officer with the U.S. Army for 32 years. During his service he commanded an Infantry battalion in Saudi Arabia and Iraq during Desert Shield and Desert Storm, the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea, and served as Chief of Staff of the 24th Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia.  As a general officer he served as the Deputy Director for Operations, U.S. Pacific Command, the Assistant Division Commander, 2nd Infantry Division, again in the Republic of Korea, and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Prior to his retirement in 2004 he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Training at the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command responsible for overseeing Army-wide training, leadership development and education as well as the accompanying doctrine, requirements and policy.  Prior to joining the Simons Center, Ray worked in private industry and as an independent consultant in the areas of strategic planning, leader development, training, operational design and business development.  He holds a BBA from the University of Texas, MBA from the University of Dayton, and an MMAS from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.