Event Details

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Defense: Western Hemisphere: Luncheon Discussion with Mr. Sergio de la Pena, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense

Event Information

Date & time

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
12:00 pm ‑ 2:00 pm


Washington, DC


Spencer Cresswell at (202) 595-2671 or

This event is a bespoke, off-the-record roundtable with representatives from BCIU's membership and the private sector.

Venue details will be provided upon registration.

Hosting opportunities are available.

For more information, please contact Spencer Cresswell at or 646-250-7012



Sergio de la Peña is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs. He is responsible for security, defense, and policy issues in the region, as well as overseeing the funding of defense cooperation programs for U.S. Northern Command and U.S. Southern Command.

Prior to joining the Office of the Secretary of Defense Policy, Mr. de la Peña was an independent consultant and defense contractor focused on business development in the Americas, an instructor of defense, security, and leadership courses to government officials, and a frequent commentator on Spanish-speaking national and international news media.

Mr. de la Peña, a retired U.S. Army officer, served for 30 years as an Air Defense and Foreign Area officer in a variety of staff and leadership positions. In his last assignment, he served as the U.S. Northern Command J59, Chief of the International Affairs Division. In Chile, he served as U.S. Army Section Chief, strengthening military ties by significantly increasing training and exchange events. He also served as the U.S. Army Attaché in Venezuela as a test officer.

As an Air Defense officer, he served in short to high range altitude units that included Chaparral, HAWK, and Patriot systems.
Mr. de la Peña attended the Inter-American Defense College with the Class of 42. While attending the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College he earned a Master of Military Arts and Science degree. He was a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) graduate from the University of Iowa, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in psychology.