Thomas E. McNamara became Assistant Secretary of State for Political- Military Affairs in October, 1994. He came to this position after serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political- Military affairs since July 1993. Prior to this, Ambassador McNamara headed the State Department Office of the Ambassador-at-Large for Counterterrorism.
From 1988 to 1991, he was the U.S. Ambassador to Colombia. Following that assignment, Mr. McNamara returned to Washington to work at the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for International Programs and African Affairs and Senior Director for International Programs and African Affairs. His overseas experience included tours in Paris, Lubumbashi, Bukavu, Moscow, and as Deputy Chief of Mission in Kinshasa, Zaire.
Assistant Secretary McNamara has extensive experience in political- military affairs, focusing on arms control and regional security. In the 1970's he was involved in most major arms control issues, serving in embassies, on negotiating delegations, and in the Department of State and in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. His background in regional security affairs includes every major area of the globe. He was responsible for regional security affairs as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Politico-Military Affairs, 1983-86, before his first tour on the National Security Council as Director of Counterterrorism and Counternarcotics.
Ambassador McNamara was born in New Haven, Connecticut and received a B.A. and LLD (hon.) from Manhattan College, and an M.A. from the University of Notre Dame. He is married to Emma Julia Fonseca, and has two children.
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