White House fills troubled Russia job

In his time at the NSC, policies Tully has worked to ban exports of component parts for Chinese telecom giant Huawei, the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty with Russia and efforts to punish Iran at the International Atomic Energy Agency for not properly disclosing nuclear material. He accompanied Marshall Billingslea last month to Vienna to assist the new special envoy for arms control’s push for a trilateral arms control agreement between the U.S., Russia and China.

Tully “brings a wealth of experience and his selection reflects the administration’s prioritization of trilateral arms control with Russia and China, 5G security cooperation with European partners, seeking equitable burden-sharing among NATO allies, and revitalizing our nuclear deterrent,” NSC spokesman John Ullyot said.

Before joining the NSC in December 2018, Tully worked at the State Department, where he was senior adviser to the under secretary of State for arms control and international security. He also spent seven years working as a professional staff member on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, where he worked on a number of issues, including Russia and Europe, counterproliferation, arms control and energy security.

From 2008 to 2018, Tully also served as a Navy reserve intelligence officer, where he has done work for the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and at NATO.

In other staffing news at the NSC, Kash Patel recently returned to the NSC as senior director for counterterrorism, according to two administration officials.

Patel came back after a short stint at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, where he was principal deputy to acting DNI Richard Grenell until former Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) got confirmed in late May.

Patel is the former top staffer for Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) on the House Intelligence Committee and was the lead author of a report questioning the conduct of FBI and DOJ officials investigating Russia’s election interference.