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