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Frank Ruggiero was appointed Acting Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs on January 20, 2009. Previously he had served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM) and before that as PM’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense Trade and Regional Security. Mr. Ruggiero played a leading role in the negotiation of Defense Trade Treaties with the United Kingdom and Australia and initiated a series of process reforms at the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, to include a mandatory DAS-level review for OIF and OEF licenses and any pending license over 90 days. He has also played a leading role in the Department on U.S. security strategy in the Persian Gulf and on political-military issues in the Middle East.
Mr. Ruggiero is a career civil servant and has served in several positions in the Departments of State and Commerce. Mr. Ruggiero has an M.A. in Middle Eastern Affairs from American University and has completed all requirements for a Ph.D. (but the dissertation) in U.S. Foreign Policy in Asia from the University of Virginia.