On May 1st, the WH announced the president’s intent to nominate Marshall Billingslea to be the next Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security (T). Last month, Mr. Billingslea was appointed Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control. He was previously nominated as Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights (J) in 2018; he had a confirmation hearing in 2019 but that nomination appeared to have gone nowhere.
If the J nomination did not go anywhere in a GOP-controlled Senate, why would this nomination fare any better?
The immediate predecessor to this position is Andrea L. Thompson who was appointed in 2018 and left her position the following year (see Pompeo Announces Departure of Andrea Thompson as Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security). With the exception of career diplomats Reginald Bartholomew (1989–1992) and Frank G. Wisner II (1992–1993), all other appointees to the “T” bureau were political appointees. Click here for the names of previous appointees.
Marshall Billingslea, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security
Mr. Billingslea is the Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control at the State Department. He has also recently served as an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing.
A former Managing Director at Deloitte, Mr. Billingslea has also served at the Department of Defense as Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Negotiations Policy. He was Assistant Secretary General for Defense Investment at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, and a Senior Professional Staff Member for National Security Affairs for the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
Mr. Billingslea received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, the Cross of Merit of the Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic, and the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana of Estonia, among other awards. Mr. Billingslea earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College, and an M.A. from The Fletcher School, Tufts University.
As President Trump’s new special envoy for arms control, Marshall Billingslea faces what many experts say is a nearly impossible mission: negotiating an accord that would cover all Chinese, Russian and American nuclear arms.https://t.co/qpFRaklkN4
— Nukes of Hazard (@nukes_of_hazard) April 27, 2020
Pleased to welcome Marshall Billingslea to our team as the Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control. Marshall's experience at the U.S. Departments of Treasury & Defense, as well as in the private sector, are strong assets as he assumes this important new role. #WeAreStateDept
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) April 10, 2020
Treasury Assistant Secretary Marshall Billingslea and @StateDept A/S David Schenker join @AJENews to discuss Treasury’s action against Iran-backed militia leaders who killed peaceful Iraqi demonstrators. pic.twitter.com/1LDqytyATQ
— Treasury Department (@USTreasury) December 6, 2019
57 groups from around the world oppose Trump's nomination of an open advocate of torture to head US human rights policy at the State Department: Marshall Billingslea. https://t.co/iOlYtwXZUb pic.twitter.com/iEk7YFWWLh
— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) October 10, 2019
Trump has nominated Marshall Billingslea, a senior Treasury appointee, to be the new Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights pic.twitter.com/KY8SqciPMs
— Robbie Gramer (@RobbieGramer) August 21, 2018
- Another Dual-Hatter? Marshall Billingslea Joins @StateDept as Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control April 2020
- SFRC Confirmation Hearing: Marshall Billingslea to be Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights (J) Sept 2019
- White House Submits Some @StateDept/Related Agencies Re-nominations to the Senate Jan 2019
- @StateDept Nominations: Pending in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as of December 31, 2018 Jan 2019
- Andrea L. Thompson to be Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security (T)