Timothy Alan Betts assumed the position of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs on October 7, 2019. Previously, he was Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary and Senior Advisor for Security Negotiations and Agreements in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. In that capacity, he oversaw the State Department’s Political Advisor and Military Advisor programs and led U.S. negotiations of agreements related to the U.S. military’s presence and operations abroad.
Prior to returning to Washington in July 2016, Mr. Betts served in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he worked as the U.S. Program Director of the bilateral Office of Program Management – Ministry of Interior. In that position, he led a multiagency team helping Saudi Arabia to enhance its capacity to protect critical infrastructure and improve public security, primarily through training.
Mr. Betts is a member of the Senior Foreign Service of the United States. Joining the U.S. Department of State in 1984, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Budapest, Hungary, from August 2010 until August 2013; Director of Iraq Affairs from June 2008 to August 2009; and Consul General in Naha, Okinawa, from August 2000 to August 2003. He has also had assignments in Canberra, Washington, Tokyo, and Ankara.
Before joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Betts was a political risk underwriter with the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, first in New York City and later in San Francisco. Earlier, he worked for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, which later became the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC).
He holds an A.B. from Occidental College where he majored in Diplomacy and World Affairs, and an M.A. in Security Studies and International Economics from The Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.