Melissa Horvath is the Director of the International Trade Group at Commonwealth Trading Partners (CTP), Inc. where she leads a team executing support for an Army Security Cooperation (SC) workforce education program and DSCA-sponsored SC assessment, monitoring, and evaluation (AM&E) services. She joined CTP with over 20 years of DoD planning, logistics, training, and SC experience and possesses exceptional Middle East expertise to include multiple deployments, multinational exercises, and partner engagements in the region. 

Her interest in security cooperation between the U.S. and Middle East partners began in 2006, while serving as part of the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq. Later, as an Assistant Professor and Deputy Director at the Defense Institute of Security Cooperation Studies (now Defense Security Cooperation University), she developed and delivered SC curriculum, providing education and training to professionalize the workforce and enhance partner capabilities. Melissa also served as a Strategic Logistics Planner and J4 Iran Branch Chief with U.S. Central Command where she led J4’s efforts for the Iran Problem Set, routinely engaging with partner nations through bilateral and multilateral conferences, wargaming, and exercises in support of crises and contingencies.

B.S., Military History, United States Air Force Academy
M.P.A., Troy University

Countries/regions of expertise
Arabian Peninsula, Iraq, Iran

Issues of expertise
Security Cooperation (SC), Foreign Military Sales (FMS), Direct Commercial Sales (DCS), Building Partner Capacity (BPC) programs, authorities, and funding.

Contact Information

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