Pro­lif­er­a­tion up­date

The Washington Times Weekly - - National Security -

As re­ported ear­lier in this space, the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion is pre­par­ing to nom­i­nate its arms pro­lif­er­a­tion team for the State Depart­ment. It will be headed by Robert J. Einhorn, who is ex­pected to be named un­der­sec­re­tary of state for arms con­trol and in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity.

How­ever, fac­ing Se­nate op­po­si­tion, the ad­min­is­tra­tion is no longer plan­ning to name Vann H. Van Diepen as an as­sis­tant sec­re­tary of state. He is cur­rently na­tional in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer for weapons of mass de­struc­tion and main au­thor of the con­tro­ver­sial 2007 Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Es­ti­mate that stated that Iran had halted its work on nu­clear weapons in 2003.

The new choice for as­sis­tant sec­re­tary of state for in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity and arms con­trol is Daniel B. Pone­man, who worked on non­pro­lif­er­a­tion is­sues on the Clin­ton ad­min­is­tra­tion’s Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil staff from 1993

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