Marshall Billingslea

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Marshall Billingslea
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Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights
Assuming office
PresidentDonald Trump
SucceedingSarah Sewall
Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing
Assumed office
June 22, 2017[1]
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byDaniel Glaser
Personal details
EducationDartmouth College
Tufts University
AwardsDepartment of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service

Marshall Billingslea is an American government official who currently serves as the Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing in the United States Department of the Treasury.[2]

He previously served as Managing Director at Deloitte, responsible for its Business Intelligence Services group, where he provided due diligence services for a wide range of Federal clients and Fortune 500 companies.[3][4]

In August 2018, Billingslea was nominated to be the next Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights.[5] His nomination was opposed by a coalition of twenty-one human rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch, on the grounds that Billingslea had a “well-documented history of advocating for the use of torture and other unlawful interrogation practices.”[6]

Trump Administration[edit]

During the presidential transition of Donald Trump, Billingslea headed the United States National Security Council team.[7]

In April 2017, Billingslea was nominated by President Donald Trump to become Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing in the United States Department of the Treasury. He was confirmed by the United States Senate by a vote of 65-35 on June 22, 2017.[8]

In this role he works with members of the national security community throughout the U.S. government, foreign governments, and the private sector to identify and address threats posed or advanced by illicit finance. His areas of focus include money laundering, terrorist financing, WMD proliferation, and other criminal and illicit activities domestically and internationally.[9]

Billingslea led specific efforts to counter threats including proliferation, terrorism, and the deceptive financial practices posed by countries such as Iran and North Korea.[10]

Bush Administration[edit]

Billingslea began his career as an aide to Senator Jesse Helms, before becoming Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Negotiations Policy in the Pentagon's Office of International Security Policy in 2001.[11] During the administration of George W. Bush, Billingslea served in the United States Department of Defense as Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Negotiation Policy.

Billingslea served in Brussels as the Assistant Secretary General of NATO for Defense Investment. As the United States’ senior civilian official serving within the alliance, he oversaw NATO’s military investment programs and infrastructure budget, and worked closely with Defense and Finance Ministers across the Alliance. He was Chairman of the Conference of National Armament Directors and Chairman of NATO’s C3 Board. [2]

As Department of Defense's senior civilian for special operations (Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict), Billingslea provided oversight for all special operations efforts against al’Qaida following the 9/11 attacks. Billingslea was a principal architect of the Department of Defense's worldwide effort against terrorist organizations. Under his leadership, Special Operations Command and its components greatly accelerated acquisition of a wide range of novel technologies and capabilities to aid special operations forces in the conduct of the Global War on Terror.[9]

Financial Action Task Force (FATF)[edit]

In June, 2018, Billingslea was endorsed unanimously by the 37 member countries of the Financial Action Task Force (on Money Laundering) (FATF), also known by its French name, Groupe d'action financière (GAFI), as the next FATF President.

FATF is an intergovernmental organization founded in 1989 on the initiative of the G7 to develop policies to combat money laundering. In 2001 its mandate expanded to include terrorism financing. Today the objectives of the FATF are to set standards and promote effective implementation of legal, regulatory and operational measures for combating money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system. It monitors progress in implementing the FATF Recommendations through "peer reviews" ("mutual evaluations") of member countries.

The FATF Secretariat is housed at the OECD headquarters in Paris. The FATF presidency tenure is for one year, a position which Billingslea will hold until June 2019.


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  2. ^ a b "Marshall Billingslea | U.S. Department of the Treasury". Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  3. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts". The White House. April 11, 2017. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  4. ^ Green, Miranda (April 11, 2017). "Trump nominates John Sullivan for No. 2 spot at State". CNN. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  5. ^ "PN2444 — Marshall Billingslea — Department of State". U.S. Congress. August 27, 2018. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  6. ^ "Coalition letter regarding the nomination of Marshall Billingslea to be Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights". ACLU. November 28, 2018. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  7. ^ Cook, Nancy; Leonor, Mel (November 18, 2016). "Sessions becomes Trump's first cabinet pick — Landing teams arrive at four agencies — Trump heads to Bedminster, N.J. for weekend meetings". Politico. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  8. ^ Macagnone, Michael (June 22, 2017). "Trump Treasury Assistant Secretary Pick Wins Senate OK". Law360. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Marshall Billingslea | U.S. Department of the Treasury". Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  10. ^ "Statement of Assistant Secretary Marshall Billingslea Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations | U.S. Department of the Treasury". Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  11. ^ Selinger, Marc (August 8, 2001). "Senate aide appointed to DOD negotiations policy post". AviationWeekly. Informa Exhibitions. Retrieved March 20, 2019.