The White House has selected its new WMD czar, though the position will now include added responsibilities, Foreign Policy reported on Tuesday.
Liz Sherwood-Randall, now serving as National Security Staff senior director for Europe, is scheduled on April 8 to take the position of White House coordinator for defense policy, countering weapons of mass destruction and arms control.
She replaces Gary Samore, who left the White House this year for a senior position at Harvard University. However, Sherwood-Randall's duties will encompass defense policy as a means of highlighting the connections between the different subjects and to give a boost to the nuclear disarmament road map President Obama laid out nearly four years ago in Prague.
"In the first term, the president laid out an ambitious nonproliferation and nuclear agenda in Prague, and last year he issued Defense Strategic Guidance that aims to ensure our military is postured appropriately around the world and has the capabilities to address the challenges we face in the future," according to National Security Staff spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden. "Appointing Liz to this position will bring serious energy and experience to these two interconnected strategic priorities in the second term. She'll be able to rely on the relationships she's forged in the interagency and in Europe over the past few years, and on her relationship with the president."