Background

The State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls has announced that Brian Nilsson became deputy assistant secretary of State for defense trade controls effective Oct. 13. Anthony Dearth, who had been serving as the acting DDTC chief, will return to his duties as director of the Office of Defense Trade Controls Licensing.

Nilsson served for the past seven years on the White House National Security Council as the director of nonproliferation and export controls, where he chaired the White House Export Control Reform Task Force. An online biography posted in conjunction with his receipt of an award for excellence in the federal workforce states that in this role Nilsson led a multi-agency task force “that in record time came up with a comprehensive and innovative plan to handle critical exports, mapped out the steps needed to make the changes, broke through obstacles that have stymied previous reform efforts and gained broad consensus from top government leaders.” This reform initiative, which is being implemented on a rolling basis, will ultimately include a single list of controlled items, a single licensing policy, a single enforcement coordination agency and a single information technology system using a single license application.

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