Mr. Brown is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Programs and Operations in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM). He is responsible for programs that strengthen U.S. national security by preventing illicit proliferation of small arms and light weapons including Man-portable Air Defense Systems. He guides and directs peacekeeping policy and programs to augment the global capacity to respond to peacekeeping operations worldwide and provides overall direction for global security assistance programs seeking to build the capacity of and professionalize security partners. He previously served as the Director of the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the PM Bureau from July 2013 to January 2020.
Before joining the Department of State, he served 27 years in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot primarily in Special Operations units but also in assignments at the Department of State to include Director of the Office of International Security Operations, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs and Special Operations Chief in the Office of Counterterrorism. 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.