William C. Pacatte III
Lieutenant Colonel William Pacatte is the senior Marine Corps representative and military fellow at CSIS in Washington, D.C. As part of the CSIS International Security Program, he provides Marine Corps and military expertise related to national security and defense. A CH-46E Sea Knight pilot, Lieutenant Colonel Pacatte has deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and once to the Persian Gulf, Horn of Africa, and Western Pacific with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Prior to CSIS, Lieutenant Colonel Pacatte commanded Marine Corps Air Facility Quantico, VA, home to the president’s own “Marine One.” He also served as a strategic planner and security cooperation specialist at U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, as detachment officer-in-charge aboard USS GREEN BAY, and as a composite squadron executive officer and operations officer. Lieutenant Colonel Pacatte earned a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from San Diego State University, a Master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College, and a Master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Marine Corps War College.