Frank Rose speaking at the 28th National Space Symposium in 2012. Credit: Space Foundation

WASHINGTON – Frank Rose, one of the U.S. State Department’s top space officials, was finally confirmed  for a new State Department job some 17 months after the White House sent his nomination to the Senate for approval.

Rose has served as the deputy assistant secretary of state for space and defense policy since 2009 and as such had been the department’s point person on missile defense, an international proposed code of conduct for space activities, space security and space situational awareness.

U.S. President Barack Obama nominated Rose in July 2013 to serve as assistant secretary for verification and compliance, but his confirmation remained in limbo until Dec. 16, when the Senate approved nearly 60 presidential appointees.

In new role, which began Dec. 18, Rose will oversee broad arms control efforts, including missile defense and space policy.

Rose is a former staff member of the House Armed Services Committee and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He earned a bachelor’s degree from American University and a master’s degree from the University of London.

The White House has not yet announced a new nomination for the deputy assistant secretary for space and defense policy.

Mike Gruss covers military space issues, including the U.S. Air Force and Missile Defense Agency, for SpaceNews. He is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.