Andrew Weber, assistant secretary for nuclear, chemical and biological defense programs at the Pentagon, plans to leave theÂ agencyÂ for the State Department later this month.
In his new role, WeberÂ will work with former U.S. Ambassador to IndiaÂ Nancy PowellÂ to coordinate with international partners in containing the EbolaÂ epidemic, the Defense Department said Thursday.
Cheryl PellerinÂ writes that Weber discussed similar coordination between the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the U.N.Â and advanced planning between the U.S. National Security Council and its Russian counterpart to removeÂ and destroy chemical agents in Syria.
“[We]Â learned the value of working with multilateral organizations, working with international partners to solve a problem,” Weber told reporters during a recent roundtable discussion at the Pentagon.
Officials expect his upcoming involvement with the State Department’sÂ Ebola Coordination Unit to boost U.S. response to prevent the spread of Ebola.
At DoD, WeberÂ advised the secretary and deputy secretary of defense and the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics on defense programs related to weapons of mass destruction.
He also oversaw the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Council, Defense Threat Reduction Agency and theÂ Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program.
He previously led efforts to destroy Libya’s chemical weaponsÂ stockpile and participated in similar programs inÂ Kazakhstan, Georgia and Moldova.