Mr. Patrick M. Ward
Acting Deputy Director for Supply Reduction
White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
Mr. Ward was appointed to the Senior Executive Service as the Assistant
Deputy Director for Supply Reduction in the Office of National Drug Control
Policy on September 19th 2005. On December 10th, 2007 he was appointed
as the United States Interdiction Coordinator and assumed the role of
Acting Deputy Director.
Mr. Ward is responsible for reducing the supply of illicit drugs in
the U. S. In this role, Mr. Ward provides executive leadership in the
interagency and international environment. His office is responsible
for the development of national policy and strategy, focusing and overseeing
all U.S. programs and activities involved in achieving the supply reduction
goals of the National Drug Control Strategy, and countering the nexus
between illegal drugs and terrorism. Mr. Ward's day-to-day duties are
concentrated on supporting cooperative interagency efforts in support
of the Andean Counterdrug Initiative, as well as programs in Mexico and
Afghanistan. In supporting the work of the interagency, Mr. Ward is in
frequent and close contact with relevant officials from the Drug Enforcement
Administration, the United States Coast Guard, the Central Intelligence
Agency, and departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State, and Justice.
Mr. Ward co-chairs the relevant National Security Council Policy Coordinating
Committee on International Drug Control, and represents ONDCP at meetings
of the NSC Deputies.
Prior to joining the Office of National Drug Control Policy in 2005,
Mr. Ward worked in a variety of positions during a 23-year career with
the United States Air Force. He has held multiple operational leadership
assignments and is a master navigator with over 3,200 flight hours in
the KC-135 air refueling aircraft, the E-4B National Airborne Operations
Center, and the T-43 Joint Navigator Training aircraft. In addition,
he has served in several staff positions including Strategic Air Command
as Deputy Chief of the Air Force Restructure and as the Director of Inspections
for the Secretary of the Air Force. He possesses operational and strategic
interagency experience focused on international drug control including
service with the United States Southern Command, Joint Interagency Task
Force South and previous experience as Special Assistant to the Director,
Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Mr. Ward was born in Akron, Ohio and as a dependent and active duty
member in the Air Force has lived in ten different states and three countries.
Mr. Ward's education includes a Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree in
Business Administration and a Masters Degree in National Security Studies.
He and the former Keyna Bailey live in Woodbridge, Virginia and have