Indian American Shanti Sethi To Be Kamala Harris’ Defence Adviser

Shanti Sethi, an Indian-American Navy veteran of the United States, has reportedly joined Vice President Kamala Harris’ office to work as her executive secretary and defence adviser.  

“Navy Captain SHANTI SETHI recently joined Vice President Harris’ office as executive secretary and defence advisor. Senior advisor HERBIE ZISKEND confirmed Sethi, the first Indian American commander of a major U.S. Navy combat ship, has been detailed to the vice president’s office,” Politico reported.  

In the early 1960s, Sethi’s father immigrated to the US from India. Shanti had graduated from Norwich University in 1993 with a degree in International Affairs. Following this, she joined the Navy. Shanti had also earned a Master’s in International Policy and Practice from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.  

Shanti Sethi is the first Indian American commander of a major US Navy combat ship. According to her LinkedIn profile, in her new role, she will coordinate National Security Adviser documentation across the Office of the Vice President.  

From December 2010 to May 2012, She commanded the USS Decatur, a guided-missile destroyer. Notably, she is also the first female commander of a US naval vessel to visit India.  

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