- Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs
The Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Affairs is a position within the U.S.
Department of Statethat 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 disarmamentand 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. Josephwas the Under Secretary until his resignation in January 2007. Assistant Secretary of State John Rood has been nominated to succeed Dr. Joseph.
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 missileand 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 forcesin unilateral or international peacekeepingroles; and arms transfers and security assistance programs and arms transfer policies.
By delegation from the Secretary, the Under Secretary performs a range of functions under the
Foreign Assistance Act, Arms Export Control Act, and related legislation. The Bureaus of International Security and Nonproliferation and Political-Military Affairs are under the policy oversight of the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security. By statute, the Assistant Secretary for Verification, Compliance, and Implementationreports 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 Agencyand the United States Information Agencyinto the State Department, as well as realigning the United States Agency for International Developmentwith it.
* [http://www.state.gov/t/ The website of the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security]
* [http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ho/pubs/8518.htm The Office of the Historian's page on Department of State organizational changes during the Clinton administration]
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