Timothy Alan Betts is Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. In this capacity, he oversees Bureau’s Office of Strategy and Resource Coordination, Office of State-Defense Integration, and Office of Congressional and Public Affairs.
Mr. Betts began serving as Senior Advisor as the Senior Advisor for Security Negotiations and Agreements in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs on July 25, 2016. He returned to Washington from 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 multi-agency 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 has had assignments in Canberra, Washington, Tokyo, and Ankara. He served as Consul General in Naha, Okinawa from August 2000 to August 2003 and Political Military Counselor in Ankara from July 2003 to July 2006. He then returned to Washington as the Director of Iraq Political Military Affairs in the State Department’s Office of Iraq Affairs until he became Office Director in June 2008. In August 2010 he became the Deputy Chief of Mission in Budapest, Hungary, serving there until August 2013.
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 (OPIC – the U.S. Government’s investment insurance organization).
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.