Alexander B. Gray serves as Managing Partner of American Global Strategies LLC (AGS), an international strategic consulting and advisory firm headquartered in Washington, D.C. Mr. Gray founded the firm with former U.S. National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien in January 2021 and AGS advises clients in the defense, aerospace, technology, private equity, and maritime sectors.
Mr. Gray is a Strategic Counselor at Ballard Partners, a government and public affairs firm in Washington, D.C., where he provides internal advice to the firm’s leadership on a variety of international matters. Additionally, Mr. Gray is a member of the Advisory Board at Fairbanks Morse Defense (FMD) in Beloit, Wisconsin.
In addition to his private sector activities, Mr. Gray is a Senior Fellow in National Security Affairs at the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC); a Senior Advisor at The Marathon Initiative; a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Global Taiwan Institute (GTI); and a Member of the Nixon Seminar at the Richard Nixon Foundation. He is currently writing a book on the history of U.S. strategy in the Pacific Islands.
Before entering the private sector, Mr. Gray served in a variety of capacities in the U.S. Government, most recently as Deputy Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff of the White House National Security Council (NSC). He earlier served as Special Assistant to the President for the Defense Industrial Base at the White House National Economic Council (NEC) and as Director for Oceania and Indo-Pacific Security at the NSC.
Prior to his service at the White House, Mr. Gray was a Member of the 2016 Presidential Transition Team at the U.S. Department of State and Senior Advisor to former U.S. Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-VA), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces.
Mr. Gray is a frequent commentator on national security and foreign policy issues. His writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, National Review, The Weekly Standard, Naval War College Review, Proceedings of the U.S. Naval Institute, The National Interest, The Hill, Newsweek, Real Clear Defense, and other outlets. He also appears regularly on Fox Business Network and a variety of national and international television and radio broadcasts.
Mr. Gray, a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, is a recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service and the National Security Council’s Outstanding Service Award. He is a Member of the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, appointed by the President for a three-year term, and a Member of the Oklahoma Advisory Committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.
A graduate of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University (B.A. International Affairs), Mr. Gray resides in Oklahoma City with his wife and son.