Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs

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United States
Assistant Secretary of State
for Political-Military Affairs
Thomas Kelly.jpg
Incumbent
Tom Kelly

since August 2011
Inaugural holder Ronald I. Spiers
Formation 1969
Website Official Website

The Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs is a position within the American Department of State that manages the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, charged with linking the Department of Defense and the Department of State by providing policy in the areas of international security, security assistance, military operations, defense strategy and policy, military use of space, and defense trade. The Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs reports to the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs.

The current assistant secretary is Andrew J. Shapiro, who was sworn into office on June 22, 2009, after being appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. Shapiro is a 1994 graduate of Columbia Law School.

When the Department of State originally established the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs on September 18, 1969, the bureau had replaced a special component for politico-military affairs that had served under the Deputy Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs since 1960. The head of the Bureau had the title of Director of the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs, and was designated by the Secretary of State, but still held rank equivalent to assistant secretary. Later, the director became appointed by the President, subject to the advice and consent of the Senate, and the title of the head of the Bureau was changed to assistant secretary on April 14, 1986.[1]

List of Directors of the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, 1969-1985[edit]

Name Assumed Office Left Office President served under
Ronald I. Spiers September 18, 1969 August 2, 1973 Richard Nixon
Seymour Weiss August 6, 1973 January 17, 1974 Richard Nixon
George S. Vest April 29, 1974 March 27, 1977 Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford
Leslie H. Gelb February 23, 1977 June 30, 1979 Jimmy Carter
Reginald H. Bartholomew July 1, 1979 January 20, 1981 Jimmy Carter
Richard R. Burt January 23, 1981 February 17, 1982 Ronald Reagan
Jonathan Howe May 10, 1982 July 1, 1984 Ronald Reagan
John T. Chain, Jr. July 1, 1984 June 14, 1985 Ronald Reagan

List of Assistant Secretaries of State for Political-Military Affairs, 1986-present[edit]

Name Assumed Office Left Office President served under
H. Allen Holmes July 19, 1985 August 8, 1989 Ronald Reagan
Richard A. Clarke August 8, 1989 July 10, 1992 George H. W. Bush
Robert Gallucci July 13, 1992 October 11, 1994 George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton
Thomas E. McNamara October 12, 1994 January 9, 1998 Bill Clinton
Eric D. Newsom November 2, 1998 December 31, 2000 Bill Clinton
Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr. May 31, 2001 January 20, 2005 George W. Bush
John Hillen October 11, 2005 January 11, 2007[2] George W. Bush
Mark Kimmitt August 8, 2008 January 20, 2009 George W. Bush
Andrew J. Shapiro June 22, 2009 April 19, 2013 Barack Obama
Tom Kelly April 19, 2013 Present Barack Obama

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Assistant Secretaries of State for Politico-Military Affairs". Archived from the original on 15 September 2007. Retrieved September 22, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Hillen, John". Archived from the original on July 9, 2008. Retrieved December 7, 2008.