Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Georgia and the South Caucasus 

William (Bill) Lahue

Mr. Lahue began his career in the United States Army in 1984 as mechanized infantry platoon leader in Baumholder, Germany and served in various command and staff positions until retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2004.  Career highlights include service as Commander, 181st Intelligence Detachment in Japan, Deputy G2 U.S. Army 2nd Infantry Division in Korea, Defense Attaché in Tajikistan, Central Asia Analyst in the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Central Asia Desk Officer in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the first Chief of the U.S. Office of Defense Cooperation in Kazakhstan. During his service, Mr. Lahue was involved with a wide variety of activities to establish bilateral defense cooperation with the countries of Central Asia. In 2004, Mr. Lahue founded Access Central Asia, a consulting firm which worked until 2010 on various commercial and U.S. government projects in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Kazakhstan, including border security, business development, and management consulting.  In October 2011, Mr. Lahue was appointed as the first NATO International Staff Officer to Head the NATO Liaison Office in Georgia and the South Caucasus.  

Mr. Lahue graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1983 with a B.A. in Soviet Studies and has a Masters’ Degree (1995) in Russian and East European Studies from Indiana University.  He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the Joint Forces Staff College.    

Mr. Lahue speaks English and Russian.