At a Glance
- Career History: Member of President-elect Barack Obama's transition team (2008 to Jan. 2009); Foreign policy adviser, Barack Obama's 2008 campaign (2006 to 2008); Executive director, Human Genome Sciences Corporation (2006 to 2008)
- Birthday: Sept. 18, 1944
- Hometown: New York, N.Y.
- Alma mater: B.A.,Reed College; J.D., Yale Law School; Ph.D,Oxford University
Path to Power
Danzig was born in New York City on Sept. 8, 1944, and graduated from Bronx High School.
He received his undergraduate degree from Reed College in Portland, Ore., then moved to England to study philosophy as a Rhodes scholar. He eventually earned his doctorate from Oxford University.
Danzig is a progressive pragmatist. He emphasizes the importance of using soft power diplomacy and economic aid to promote U.S. interests abroad.
In his book The Big Three: Our Greatest Security Risks and How to Address Them, Danzig outlines the biggest problems he thinks the U.S. will face over the next decades: renewed competition from a major military adversary, erosion of international support for American policies and terrorist attacks of increasing sophistication.
Danzig is connected to many foreign policy and military experts. He and former Carter Defense Secretary Harold Brown served in the Defense Department together. Retired Marine Gen. Richard Hearney and Retired Vice Admiral John Natham also worked closely with Danzig while he was Navy secretary. They have both endorsed Obama and may serve as advisers to his administration.
Danzig worked closely with Anthony Lake, Greg Craig and Susan Rice during Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.