Former Special Envoy and Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs
Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield, Jr. has held policy positions in five previous administrations, most recently as Special Envoy for MANPADS Threat Reduction from 2008-09 (reducing the availability of shoulder-fired missiles to terrorist groups), for which President George W. Bush accorded him the rank of Ambassador. He was Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs as well as Special Representative of the President and Secretary of State for Humanitarian Mine Action from 2001-2005, responsible for diplomatic support to US military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq following the 9/11 attacks, coalition management, base access agreements, and arms transfers including serving as the federal ITAR regulator. During this time he led negotiation of agreements including the 140-nation U.N. Program of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons, the U.S.-Russia bilateral agreement on Man-Portable Air Defense Systems, and bilateral arrangements enabling the continued provision of fuel by Kuwait to U.S. forces, conclusion of Article 98 Agreements under the Rome Statute with Jordan and Kuwait, and cooperation on reducing availability of MANPADS in Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Lincoln previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (1992-93), Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs (1991-02), Member, U.S. Delegation to Philippine Bases Negotiations (1990-91), Member, U.S. Water Mediation in the Middle East (1989-90), and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (1988-89), among other policy positions in the Department of Defense (OSD/ISA) beginning in 1981.
President of Palmer Coates LLC, he is Chairman Emeritus of the Stimson Center, the non-partisan security think tank where he served as Chairman from 2008-2016. In addition he is Principal Senior Advisor to the GCC-centered policy advisory C&O Resources, Inc.; non-Attorney Senior Advisor to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Director (pro bono) and National Executive Committee Member of the U.S. Water Partnership, a public-private entity promoting U.S. leadership in addressing future water scarcity; Director (pro bono) of the Detroit off-grid energy NGO The Last Kilometer; Senior Advisor to LkM Solutions, a woman-owned sustainable energy project management firm; co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Direct Delivery Drone Express, a Palo Alto aviation technology startup; Strategic Advisor to Seatrec, Inc., a NASA/JPL spin-off company with technology to generate power from ocean temperature differences; and Senior Advisor at Halo Privacy, Seattle-based providers of customized communications security solutions. He previously served for six years as Chairman of the Board of Bell Pottinger Communications USA, LLC, a UK-owned company engaged in classified DoD work; Operating Advisor at Pegasus Capital Advisors; Senior Advisor to ZeroBase Energy LLC; and Partner at Armitage Associates LLC. He was a long-time board member of Landmine Survivors Network, later renamed Survivor Corps.
Educated at Harvard College (cum laude, Government, 1974) and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (M.A.L.D., 1980), where he was Director of The Fletcher Forum, the school’s foreign affairs journal, Lincoln is editor or author of two books and he has written, commented and testified on a range of international security issues (full professional archive at www.palmercoates.com).