Jānis Garisons

State Secretary Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia

Mr. Garisons has been the State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia since August 2015. Before taking up this post, Mr.Garisons was the Undersecretary of State–Policy Director. He has been working at the Ministry of Defence since September 2005.

Being promoted for several positions, including the Deputy Director of Crisis Management and Mobilisation Department, the Director of Crises Management Department, and the Policy Director, Mr. Garisons has acquired remarkable experience and knowledge in defense policy, defense planning, and crises management.

Before his career in the Ministry of Defence, Mr. Garisons worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia from June 1996 until September 2005 and was posted at the Embassy in Norway.

Mr. Garisons has a Master’s degree in History from the University of Latvia and a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from U.S. Army War College.