An agency within the U.S. Department of State, AVC is responsible for ensuring that appropriate verification requirements and capabilities are fully considered and integrated into the development, negotiation, and implementation of new arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament treaties, agreements, and commitments. It also serves as the main liaison to the U.S. Intelligence Community and other key policymakers for verification and compliance issues.
Rose Gottemoeller was sworn in as the Assistant Secretary of State for Verification, Compliance, and Implementation on April 6, 2009. A longtime expert in nuclear weapons proliferation and arms control, Gottemoeller will be personally responsible for negotiating the new strategic arms-control treaty that Presidents Baraack Obama and Dmitri Medvedev, of the United States and Russia respectively, have announced would further cut each nation’s long-range nuclear arsenal. Gottemoeller starts that task with considerable respect from her Russian counterparts, one of whom recently wrote that she “has been dealing with nuclear issues for quite some time and is known as a brilliant professional. It would be difficult, almost impossible to outplay her. For Russia a draw would be almost like a victory.”
Paula Adamo DeSutter served as the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Verification, Compliance and Implementation from August 14, 2002, until the end of the administration of President George W. Bush. DeSutter earned a B.A. in Political Science in 1979 from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV); a Master of Economics, also from UNLV, in 1983; a Master of Arts in International Relations from USC; and a Master’s of Science Degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College, which included a graduate internship at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA). She followed that with a series of senior staff positions in the Verification and Intelligence Bureau at ACDA, , including Foreign Affairs Specialist to the Chief of the Compliance and Implementation Division, Special Assistant for Verification and Compliance to the Assistant Director for Intelligence and Verification for the Bureau. Then she joined the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, as a staff liaison to Senator Jon Kyl (R-Arizona), where she worked for more than four years. DeSutter was also a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the National Defense University’s Center for Counter-Proliferation Research. Among DeSutter’s publications is the 1998 book, Denial and Jeopardy: Deterring Iranian Use of NBC Weapons. Her husband, R. Joseph DeSutter, is a Director at the National Defense University. In 2006, DeSutter contributed to the Senate campaign of Republican Virginia Senator George Allen.