President Trump appointed Marshall S. Billingslea as Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control on April 10, 2020 and awarded him the personal rank of Ambassador. In this role, Ambassador Billingslea will lead arms control negotiations on behalf of the U.S. Government.
Ambassador Billingslea most recently served as the Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing at the U.S. Department of Treasury since June 2017. In that role he built international coalitions and led U.S. efforts to counter illicit financial activities. In 2018 he was selected unanimously by the 37 member countries of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) — the global anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing body — to serve as its President. Ambassador Billingslea also co-chaired the global Counter-ISIS Finance Group and multiple bilateral negotiating fora with friendly and allied nations.
He has deep expertise in arms control and broad experience in foreign policy and national security, having previously served in the Pentagon in three different capacities, as the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict, and as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Negotiations Policy. Billingslea has also worked as NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Defense Investment, and as a Senior Professional Staff Member of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
Ambassador Billingslea holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University. He has been decorated with the Cross of Terra Mariana by the President of Estonia; the Knight’s Cross by the President of Poland; and the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Czech Republic. He has been awarded the Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service by the U.S. Secretary of Defense and decorated by the US Secretary of the Navy with the Distinguished Public Service medal.