Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 28, 2013


Secretary of State John Kerry announced today that former Senator Gary Hart will serve as Chairman of the Secretary’s International Security Advisory Board (ISAB). The ISAB provides the Department of State with independent advice and insight on scientific, technical, and policy aspects of arms control, disarmament, nonproliferation, international security, and related aspects of public diplomacy. The duties of the ISAB are advisory only.

The ISAB is sponsored and overseen by Acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller and provides its recommendations through Acting Under Secretary Gottemoeller to Secretary Kerry and the Department of State.

Senator Hart will succeed former Secretary of Defense Bill Perry as Chairman. Dr. Perry will remain an ISAB member. “Bill Perry and Gary Hart are two brilliant strategic thinkers whose guidance and insight I’ve been privileged to lean on for many years. I greatly appreciate Dr. Perry’s skillful and superb leadership of the ISAB over two very productive years, and I am looking forward to similarly impressive results under Senator Hart, who is rightly regarded as an ahead of the curve leader on international security issues,” said Secretary Kerry.