Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance: Who Is Frank A. Rose?

Saturday, August 17, 2013

The next top diplomat for arms control will be a foreign policy and defense expert with longstanding ties to Secretary of State John Kerry. Frank A. Rose, who worked in Kerry’s Senate office after graduating college, joined the State Department in June 2009 as deputy assistant secretary for space and defense policy. If confirmed by the Senate for his new post, Rose would succeed Rose Gottemoeller, who served starting in 2009 and has been nominated to be the next under secretary of state for Arms Control and International Security.


Born in Plymouth, Mass., circa 1972, Frank A. Rose earned a B.A. in History at American University in 1994 and an M.A. in War Studies at King’s College, University of London in 1999.


After graduating college, Rose served as a legislative correspondent on the staff of U.S. Senator John F. Kerry (D-Massachusetts) from June 1994 to December 1995, moving on to work as a national security analyst with Science Applications International Corporation, which is one of the leading “beltway bandit” national security consulting firms, from January 1996 to August 1998.


Returning to public service, Rose joined the Department of Defense, serving as special assistant to the assistant secretary of defense for strategy and threat reduction from August 1999 to January 2001 and as policy advisor in the office of the assistant secretary for international security policy from January 2001 to December 2005.


Rose then returned to the Hill, but served on the other side of the Dome as a professional staff member, first for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence from December 2005 to January 2007, and then for the House Armed Services Committee from January 2007 to June 2009.


Rose’s only reported federal campaign contribution was $500 to President Barack Obama’s re-election effort in 2012.

-Matt Bewig

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John Kerry draws on Old Allies for Team at State (by Bryan Bender, Boston Globe)


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