Mr. Brown has been serving as the Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM) since January 2019. He is also the Director of the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) in the PM Bureau and has served in that capacity since 2013. As the WRA Director, he is responsible for programs that strengthen U.S. national security by preventing illicit proliferation of small arms and light weapons and reducing the impact of explosive hazards globally, which also includes leading the interagency Man-portable Air Defense System (MANPADS) Task Force.
Before joining the Department of State, he served 27 years in the U.S. Air Force primarily in Special Operations units but also in several assignments at State to include Director of the Office of International Security Operations, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs and Special Operations Chief in the Counterterrorism Bureau. He has a B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and an M.S. from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a graduate of Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College.