The Cable

Names: State, DoD

Bathsheba Crocker is the new chief of staff for Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg. Crocker, a former CSIS fellow and expert on post conflict reconstruction, previously worked for Steinberg as his executive assistant when Steinberg was the deputy national security advisor during the Clinton administration. She also previously served as the deputy chief of staff to the U.N.'s new special envoy for tsunami recovery, Bill Clinton.

Marcel Lettre has left his position as national security advisor to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to move over to the OSD policy shop, where he is the new principal director for weapons of mass destruction. Lettre is reporting to Michael Nacht, the assistant secretary of defense for global strategic affairs.

Robin Roizman, a former professional staff member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee who focused on foreign aid reform, has moved over to the State Department's congressional relations shop, where she is handling global issues (foreign assistance, human rights, refugees, climate change). Mark de la Iglesia, a long-time staffer to Rep. Adam Smith, is the new director for House legislative affairs, reporting to David Adams, the DAS for House legislative affairs. (Update: Roizman's portfolio has been corrected.)

The Cable

Where in the world is Sen. Kerry?

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has been on foreign travel since Friday. Traveling with him is Frank Lowestein, the chief counsel of the committee.

While Hill staffers thought the trip seemed unusually hush-hush, SFRC spokesman Fred Jones said that is not the case. Kerry has been at the World Economic Forum being held at the Dead Sea in Jordan, and for meetings with Jordanian King Abdullah II. (Also representing the administration at the Forum was Valerie Jarrett, President Obama's senior advisor for intergovernmental affairs and public liaison.) Afterwards, Kerry stopped off in Rome for meetings in preparation for the Copenhagen climate change negotiations to be held at the end of the year.

While some Hill folk wondered whether Kerry might have also stopped in at the secret Bilderberg Group meeting being held in Athens (deputy secretary of state Jim Steinberg and U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner are reportedly among those attending), Jones said Kerry absolutely did not go to Bilderberg.

Kerry is pulling back into Washington this evening. The chairman along with ranking Republican Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) plan to host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a meeting with other senators in the Capitol-116 tomorrow at 9 a.m.