Thomas F. Daughton became Senior Advisor for Security Negotiations and Agreements in the Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs in July 2011. In that role, he serves as the principal coordinator of U.S. Government policy on an array of international security agreements. As part of his responsibilities, he negotiates status of forces and access agreements for the deployment of United States forces abroad, as well as burden-sharing, military transit and overflight, and related agreements with U.S. allies and partners.
A career officer in the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor, Mr. Daughton served most recently as Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) and Chargé d’affaires, a.i., at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon (2009-2011). His extensive overseas service has included two other assignments as DCM, in Algeria (2006-2009) and in Gabon (2000-2003), where he was Chargé d’affaires from June 2001 to June 2002. Mr. Daughton has also served overseas in Jamaica, Morocco, Greece and Malaysia. From 1993 to 1997, he served in positions at the Department of State in Washington, D.C., including as country desk officer for the Philippines.
A native of Arizona, Mr. Daughton is a graduate of Amherst College and the University of Virginia School of Law. Prior to joining the Foreign Service in 1989, he was an associate at the New York office of the Sidley & Austin law firm.
Mr. Daughton is a recipient of the Secretary’s Award for Excellence in International Security and of numerous Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards from the Department of State, as well as of the W. Averell Harriman and Matilda W. Sinclaire Awards from the American Foreign Service Association. He speaks French and Greek.