Chief, International Military Training and Education Branch

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Eva Shinagel
Chief, International Military Training and Education Branch

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Ms. Shinagel is Chief of DSCU’s International Military Training and Education Branch. She oversees the training and education programs and activities that support DSCA’s mission to build the institutional capacity of partner countries’ defense institutions. These programs include implementation of international military education and training programs and policies, the Regional Defense Fellowship Program, and the five regional centers.

She joined DSCA from U.S. Mission to NATO where, as Deputy Director, Defense Policy and Planning Division from May 2014 - October 2019, she promoted U.S. programs and approaches to cooperative security and institutional capacity building at NATO.

Prior to joining the Department of Defense, she served fourteen years with Department of State (DoS), both overseas and in Washington, D.C. From December 2012 - May 2014 she tracked border security, counter terrorism, and Sinai issues at Pol-Mil Chief at U.S. Embassy Cairo. From July 2009 - 2011, she served in Afghanistan – first as DoS Lead in Provincial Reconstruction Team Kunar, and later as Brigade Senior Civilian Representative (SCR) to Task Force Patriot (4th IBCT-10th Mountain Division) in Logar, Wardak, and Bamyan provinces and Brigade SCR to Task Force Wolverine, (86th IBCT, Vermont National Guard) in Bamyan, Parwan, and Panjshir.

In Washington, she served as the Deputy Director, NATO Policy Section in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (EUR/RPM) where she developed and implemented U.S. policy on NATO enlargement, NATO’s partnerships (Partnership for Peace, Mediterranean Dialogue, Istanbul Cooperation Initiative, and “global partners”), and coordinated State’s policy involvement for the 2006 Riga and 2008 Bucharest NATO summits. She was the lead officer for NATO’s 2001-2004 round of enlargement. During 2005, Ms. Shinagel served as the Director for NATO and Western Europe in the European Directorate at the National Security Council.

Ms. Shinagel joined the State Department in September 2001 as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF). During her two-year fellowship, she served as a Foreign Policy Fellow in the office of Senator Edward Kennedy and as a speechwriter to General Richard Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Prior to her federal service, Ms. Shinagel managed and developed non-profit organizations in Washington State and abroad in Cambodia and Kosovo, and worked for state and local government in Washington State.

Ms. Shinagel holds a Master Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She is a distinguished graduate from National War College and received her Bachelor Degree (cum laude) from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. She is a native of New York City.

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