Mr Kažociņš the National Security Adviser to the President and Secretary to the National Security Council at the Office of the President of Latvia. Kažociņš is also a Latvian officer and Adviser to the Minister of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr Kažociņš was born in the United Kingdom of Latvian parents. He grew up and was educated in England. After a career of 30 years in the British Army he retired early in August 2002 with the rank of Brigadier in order to live permanently in Latvia. In May 2003 and again in May 2008 he was appointed Director of the Constitutional Protection Bureau [SAB in Latvian] by the Latvian Parliament (Saeima) for a period of 5 years.