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Name: Mancuso, Mario
Current Position: Former Under Secretary

The Bureau of Industry and Security is headed by Mario Mancuso, undersecretary of commerce for industry and security. Mancuso was born in New York and grew up in Howard Beach, Queens, where his parents ran a pizza parlor. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University. He then received a law degree from New York University School of Law, before moving on to the private sector, where he worked for a decade as an international corporate lawyer and business executive.

Mancuso is a veteran of the Iraq War; he served as a special operations commander for nearly a year. Between January and July 2005, Mancuso served as special counsel to the Department of Defense general counsel, focusing on issues of international law, national security policy and international affairs. He then worked as deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations and combating terrorism. The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed him as undersecretary of commerce for industry and security on May 25, 2007.


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