Telephonic Press Briefing with Ambassador Sales and Assistant Secretary Bil...

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Please join us on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, for a telephonic press briefing with Nathan A. Sales, Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism, and Marshall Billingslea, U.S. Department of the Treasury Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing on new measures to counter the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters.

The U.S. Department of State is an active participant in the whole-of-government effort to counter terrorism abroad and to secure the United States against foreign terrorist threats. Working with the National Security Staff and other U.S. Government agencies, the Department of State develops and implements counterterrorism strategies, policies, and operations. Most recently, the United States took the lead in crafting a new set of tools to address the evolving terrorist threat, including critical measures to address returning foreign fighters and self-directed terrorists.

The briefing is on-the-record and will be conducted in English. Dial-in info will be provided upon rsvp.


Nathan A. Sales was sworn in as the Coordinator for Counterterrorism with the rank of Ambassador-at-Large at the Department of State on August 10, 2017.

Before joining the State Department, Ambassador Sales was a law professor at Syracuse University College of Law, where he taught and wrote in the fields of counterterrorism law, national security law, constitutional law, and administrative law. His scholarship has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court multiple times.

Ambassador Sales previously was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security. He led DHS’s efforts to draft and implement legislation that strengthened the security features of, and expanded, the Visa Waiver Program (which allows citizens of certain countries to travel to the United States without a visa). He headed the U.S. delegation in talks with seven countries to implement the new security measures and was the Secretary of Homeland Security’s Special Envoy to South Korea.

Ambassador Sales also served at the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice (DOJ), where he worked on counterterrorism policy and judicial confirmations. In 2005, he managed DOJ’s research and rapid-response team for the confirmation of Chief Justice John Roberts. He received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service – the Justice Department’s highest honor – for his role in drafting the USA PATRIOT Act, as well as the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award.

An Ohio native, Ambassador Sales received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Duke Law School, where he was Research Editor of the Duke Law Journal and joined the Order of the Coif. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Marshall Billingslea was confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in June 2017. He leads the Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes. In this role, he works with members of the national security community throughout the U.S. government, foreign governments, and the private sector to identify and address threats posed or advanced by illicit finance. His areas of focus include money laundering, terrorist financing, WMD proliferation, and other criminal and illicit activities domestically and across borders.

Prior to assuming this role, from 2009-2017, Mr. Billingslea was a Managing Director with Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, running its Federal Business Intelligence Services group. He conducted due diligence on behalf of a wide range of Federal clients and Fortune 500 companies. He specialized in investigating beneficial ownership structures, and advising businesses on the legal and regulatory risks associated with third party transactions, particularly in overseas markets. He also served as external advisor to a number of aerospace, defense, and security companies.

In addition to the Treasury, Mr. Billingslea’s government career spans multiple positions within the Departments of Defense and State, and the United States Senate. As the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy, he was responsible for Navy and Marine Corps defense policy and planning. During that time, Marshall also was the chief advisor to the Navy Secretary on foreign policy, and provided oversight of Navy and Marine Corps intelligence and sensitive programs.

Marshall holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Tufts University. He has been decorated with the Cross of Terra Mariana by the President of Estonia; the Knight’s Cross by the President of Poland; and the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Czech Republic. He has been awarded the Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service by the US Secretary of Defense. He also has been decorated by the US Secretary of the Navy with the Distinguished Public Service medal.


  • Callers should dial in to the conference call 10 minutes early.

  • The operator will ask for your name, press affiliation, and location.

  • The speakers will give brief opening remarks, and then the moderator will open the floor to questions.

  • Participants will be instructed to push the “*” and “1” buttons on their phones to enter the question queue (only in English). You may also submit questions in advance in English, French, Arabic and Spanish via email to

  • If you experience technical difficulties during the call, you may email to alert the moderator to any issues.

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