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  Paula A. DeSutter to Speak about U.S. Arms Control Policies  

October 10, 2013




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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – On the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 15, the Institute of Gainesville will host a lecture by the Honorable Paula A. DeSutter. DeSutter, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Verification, Compliance and Implementation, will address current arms control and nonproliferation policies, including those related to Syria and Iran. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville, 1714 SW 34th St.

DeSutter is also scheduled to be interviewed on the Ward Scott Show, 980AM and 720AM, between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., and the Bob Rose Show, 97.3 The Sky at 9 a.m. on the day of the talk.

As U.S. Assistant Secretary of State from Aug. 14, 2002 to Jan. 20, 2009, DeSutter led the Bureau of Verification, Compliance and Implementation, which had principal responsibility for all matters relating to the verification of and compliance with international arms control and nonproliferation agreements and commitments. The Bureau led, coordinated, and participated in the implementation of the United States' effort to assist Libya in meeting its Dec. 2003 commitment to eliminate its weapons of mass destruction programs and long-range missiles. The assistant secretary also serves as principal policy liaison to the U.S. Intelligence Community for verification and compliance issues. The Bureau prepares the U.S. assessment of other nations' compliance with their arms control, nonproliferation and disarmament commitments.

DeSutter has an extensive background in verification and a career focus on national security and intelligence. Prior to her work at the U.S. Department of State, she served for over four years as a professional staff member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and liaison to Senator Jon Kyl. She was responsible for legislation and oversight of intelligence collection, analysis and activities related to proliferation, terrorism, arms control, the Persian Gulf States, India, Pakistan, China, and Afghanistan

DeSutter attended the National War College, where she was a “Distinguished Graduate,” then returned to the National Defense University as a senior visiting research fellow at its Center for Counter-Proliferation Research, where she published “Denial and Jeopardy: Deterring Iranian Use of NBC Weapons.” Prior to the War College, she held numerous positions in the Verification and Intelligence Bureau in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA) for much longer than she cares to admit.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Alachua County Republican Executive Committee, the Democracy Commitment at Santa Fe College, Lewis Oil Company, GreenScape Property Management, Hayes Jewelry, and the Bob Graham Center For Public Service at the University of Florida.

For more information about the lecture or the organization, visit the Institute of Gainesville’s website at http://www.gainesvilleinstitute.org/



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