White House names new CBRN coordinator

The White House recently announced that a senior European affairs adviser on the National Security Council will move into a post created to stop the spread of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons.

Senior Director for European Affairs Elizabeth Sherwood-Randal, who is also a special assistant to the president, is slated to become White House coordinator for defense policy, countering weapons of mass destruction, and arms control.

"As one of the President's closest advisors for the past four years, Liz's leadership and advice have been instrumental as we have successfully strengthened our alliances and partnerships across Europe, helped to revitalize NATO, and worked with Europe to advance the President's global agenda, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon said. "Liz brings deep expertise and a track record of accomplishment in defense issues and in proliferation prevention.

"The President will look to her to bring significant energy and capability to his second term as we pursue the ambitious goals he set forth in his Prague speech in 2009 and prepare our military to defend the American people and our allies against the threats we face today and in the future."

During the Clinton Administration Sherwood-Randall served as deputy secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia.