Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs

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. In this capacity, the Under Secretary 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. Robert G. Joseph was the Under Secretary until his resignation in January 2007. On March 18, 2009, Ellen Tauscher announced that she had accepted President Barack Obama's nomination to the position. She was confirmed by the Senate on June 25, 2009 and assumed office the following day, June 26, 2009.

The Under Secretary 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 Under Secretary 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...
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