REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
UNITED STATES SENATE
SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of Demonstrated Competence — Foreign Service Act, Section 304(a)(4)
POST: Coordinator for Counterterrorism, with rank of Ambassador at Large
CANDIDATE: Nathan Alexander Sales
Nathan Alexander Sales is a distinguished attorney, scholar, and policy maker who currently is Associate Professor, Syracuse University College of Law and Of Counsel, Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Mr. Sales served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (2006 – 2007), and as Senior Counsel (2001 – 2003) and Special Counsel (2005) in the Office of Legal Policy, U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Sales was Director, Homeland and National Security Curriculum, George Mason University School of Law (2008 – 2014) and a member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Heritage Foundation Joint Task Force on Homeland Security (2008). Mr. Sales was also a Member and Reporter on the American Bar Association Task Force on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (2010 – 2012). His considerable experience in government coupled with his professional and academic engagement on national security issues makes him well-qualified to serve as Coordinator for Counterterrorism, with the rank of Ambassador at Large.
Mr. Sales was John M. Olin Fellow, Georgetown University Law Center (2005 – 2006), Counsel with Bancroft PLLC (2005 – 2006 and 2007 – 2016), and is currently a member of the editorial board of the Journal of National Security Law and Policy.
Mr. Sales was awarded his B.A. from Miami University in 1997 and his J.D. from Duke Law School in 2000. He is the recipient of Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional service in 2002 and the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award in 2003.