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Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs
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The Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Affairs (T) is a position within the U.S. Department of State that serves as Senior Adviser to the President and the Secretary of State for Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament.
United States
Under Secretary of State
for Arms Control and
International Security

Seal of the United States Department of State
Incumbent
C.S. Eliot Kang, acting
NominatorPresident of the United States
Inaugural holderCurtis W. Tarr
Formation1972
WebsiteOfficial Website
In this capacity, the Under Secretary (U/S) attends and participates, at the direction of the President, in National Security Council (NSC) and subordinate meetings pertaining to arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament and has the right to communicate, through the Secretary of State, with the President and members of the NSC on arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament concerns.
The U/S also leads the interagency policy process on nonproliferation and manages global U.S. security policy, principally in the areas of nonproliferation, arms control, regional security and defense relations, and arms transfers and security assistance. The U/S provides policy direction in the following areas: nonproliferation, including the missile and nuclear areas, as well as chemical, biological, and conventional weapons proliferation; arms control, including negotiation, ratification, verification and compliance, and implementation of agreements on strategic, non-conventional, and conventional forces; regional security and defense relations, involving policy regarding U.S. security commitments worldwide as well as on the use of U.S. military forces in unilateral or international peacekeeping roles; and arms transfers and security assistance programs and arms transfer policies.
By delegation from the Secretary, the U/S performs a range of functions under the Foreign Assistance Act, Arms Export Control Act, and related legislation. The bureaus of International Security and Nonproliferation, Political-Military Affairs, and Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance are under the policy oversight of the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security. By statute, the Assistant Secretary for Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance reports to the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security.
According to the Office of the Historian of the U.S. Department of State, the Under Secretary first received the permanent title "Senior Adviser to the President and the Secretary of State for Arms Control, Nonproliferation and Disarmament" when the Clinton administration decided to merge the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and the United States Information Agency into the State Department, as well as realigning the United States Agency for International Development with it.
List of Under Secretaries of State for International Security Affairs, 1972–1993
NameAssumed officeLeft officePresident served under
Curtis W. TarrMay 2, 1972November 25, 1973Richard Nixon
William H. DonaldsonNovember 26, 1973May 10, 1974Richard Nixon
Carlyle E. MawJuly 10, 1974September 17, 1976Gerald Ford
Lucy W. Benson[1]March 28, 1977January 5, 1980Jimmy Carter
Matthew NimetzFebruary 21, 1980December 5, 1980Jimmy Carter
James L. BuckleyFebruary 28, 1981August 20, 1982Ronald Reagan
William Schneider, Jr.September 9, 1982October 31, 1986Ronald Reagan
Ed DerwinskiMarch 24, 1987January 21, 1989Ronald Reagan
Reginald BartholomewApril 20, 1989July 7, 1992George H. W. Bush
Frank G. WisnerJuly 20, 1992January 19, 1993George H. W. Bush
List of Under Secretaries of State for Arms Control and International Security, 1993–present
NameAssumed officeLeft officePresident served under
Lynn Etheridge DavisApril 1, 1993August 8, 1997Bill Clinton
John D. HolumAugust 7, 2000[2]December 1, 2001[3]Bill Clinton
John R. BoltonMay 11, 2001July 31, 2005George W. Bush
Robert JosephJune 1, 2005March 2, 2007George W. Bush
John RoodSeptember 26, 2007[4]January 20, 2009George W. Bush
Ellen TauscherJune 26, 2009February 7, 2012Barack Obama
Rose GottemoellerFebruary 7, 2012[5]October 12, 2016Barack Obama
Thomas M. CountrymanOctober 9, 2016[6]January 27, 2017Barack Obama/Donald Trump
C.S. Eliot KangFebruary 6, 2017[7]January 9, 2018Donald Trump
Christopher Ashley FordJanuary 9, 2018[8]April 30, 2018Donald Trump
Andrea L. ThompsonApril 30, 2018October 20, 2019Donald Trump
Christopher Ashley FordOctober 21, 2019[9]January 8, 2021 [10]Donald Trump
Marshall BillingsleaJanuary 11, 2021January 20, 2021Donald Trump
C.S. Eliot KangJanuary 20, 2021[11]Joe Biden
References
  1. ^ By administrative action, Benson's titled was renamed "Under Secretary for Security Assistance," and then, on August 22, 1977, as "Under Secretary for Security Assistance, Science, and Technology." The position reverted to its former name during the Reagan Administration.
  2. ^ Served as Acting Under Secretary beginning December 15, 1997. He was commissioned as Under Secretary on August 7, 2000, during a recess of the Senate, but his appointment was rejected by the Senate on September 28, 2000.
  3. ^ This date is given on the State Department's website: state.gov, however, it appears to be incorrect because John Bolton took over this position on May 11, 2001.
  4. ^ Rood was designated as Acting Under Secretary on September 26, 2007. He was not officially appointed as Under Secretary.
  5. ^ US Department of State. Rose Gottemoeller Designated as Acting Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security. http://geneva.usmission.gov/2012/02/08/rose-gottemoeller-designated-as-acting-under-secretary-for-arms-control-and-international-security/
  6. ^ Designated as Acting Under Secretary. He was not officially appointed as Under Secretary.
  7. ^ Exercising the authorities of the Under Secretary. He was not officially appointed as Under Secretary.
  8. ^ Designated as Acting Under Secretary. He was not officially appointed as Under Secretary.
  9. ^ Designated as Acting Under Secretary. He was not officially appointed as Under Secretary.
  10. ^ "In unusual move, top Trump official rescinds cheery exit letter and resubmits a protest resignation" https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/in-unusual-move-top-trump-official-rescinds-cheery-exit-letter-and-resubmits-a-protest-resignation/2021/01/08/c4ef97a4-520c-11eb-b2e8-3339e73d9da2_story.html
  11. ^ Delegated the authorities of the Under Secretary as an officer of the United States.
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