Biography

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William G.P. Monahan
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional Security and Security Assistance
Bureau of Political-Military Affairs
Term of Appointment: 01/21/2016 to present

William G.P. Monahan is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Regional Security and Security Assistance. In this capacity, he is responsible for advancing U.S. foreign policy and national security interests through the management of political-military and regional security relations and the government-to-government sales and transfers of U.S.-origin defense articles and services to foreign governments. He also directs more than $6 billion annually in U.S. military grant assistance to allies and partners through policy development, budget formulation, and program oversight.

Previously, Mr. Monahan served as Counsel on the staff of Senate Armed Services Committee, where he was responsible for foreign policy and security issues, particularly relating to Europe, U.S. European Command, NATO, U.S. Central Command, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq. In addition, he handled matters relating to Department of Defense security assistance authorities for building the capabilities of foreign security forces; as well as legal issues relating to detentions, interrogation policy, laws of armed conflict and the authorization of the use of military force.

Prior to joining the SASC staff, Mr. Monahan was a Legal Adviser on arms control and nonproliferation issues at the U.S. Department of State and, prior to that, at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.

Mr. Monahan received his B.A. from Yale University in 1986 and a joint degree in 1994 combining a Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a law degree from the University of Virginia Law School.