Mike Urena covers arms control, nonproliferation and related political-military issues. Previously, he served as the Deterrence Team Chief in the Office of Strategic Stability and Deterrence in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance with responsibility for issues related to strategic stability, deterrence and assurance in the Indo-Pacific. Previous State Department assignments include serving as the Senior Political-Military Officer in the South and Central Asia Bureau and as the lead Political-Military Planner in the Political-Military Bureau. He is a former Marine Officer and DOD civilian and has served abroad in Japan, Iraq and Pakistan. Mr. Urena has a Master’s Degree in National Security Studies from the Institute of World Politics in Washington D.C.