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|Under Secretary of State for Management|
|Assumed office |
May 17, 2019
|Preceded by||William E. Todd (acting)|
|Born||September 30, 1964(age 57)|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1986–1993|
|Unit||75th Ranger Regiment|
Brian Joseph Bulatao is an American businessman and government official. In 2017 he was named as Chief Operating Officer of the Central Intelligence Agency by then-agency director Mike Pompeo. In June 2018, Bulatao was nominated to be Under Secretary of State for Management by President Donald Trump. On May 16, 2019, Bulatao was confirmed by the United States Senate; he was sworn in the next day.
Early life and education
Bulatao was raised in Pennsylvania, one of three children of Agapito and Brenda Bulatao. His father was an immigrant from the Philippines and his mother's parents immigrated from Greece and Poland.
Bulatao graduated in 1986 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he rose to the rank of cadet captain, and was involved in white water canoeing, scuba diving, mountaineering and 150-lb. football. Nicknamed "Rambo," he was described in the 1986 Howitzer yearbook as a Renaissance man who earned the respect of all. Later he earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.
In 1998 he was one of the founders of Thayer Aerospace together with a number of other West Point graduates. Among them were his former West Point classmates Mike Pompeo and Ulrich Brechbuhl. While two of the other founders left the company a short time later, Bulatao and Pompeo remained with Thayer until 2006.
Bulatao later joined Chick Packaging Inc. as its CEO, and after the company's acquisition by Nefab A/B in 2010 he became Executive Vice President, leading the combined operations in North and South America. Later he went into private equity, finally as a senior adviser at Highlander Partners, L.P., a Dallas-based investment firm that claims more than $1 billion in assets under management.
In 2017 when Pompeo became Director of the CIA, he brought Bulatao in as a senior advisor, then named him as Chief Operation Officer, a position that earlier was named Executive Director. In this position his priorities are the streamlining of the hiring process, taking a systematic look at the alignment of strategy, staffing, funding, and other resources; making CIA's contracting process more effective and efficient; ensuring that the Agency as a whole is positioned to invest in and lead in cutting-edge technologies; and finding innovative ways to protect CIA officers' identities and operations in the digital age.
In July 2018 Bulatao was nominated for the position of Under Secretary of State for Management as the successor to William E. Todd. In May 2019 Senator Bob Menendez lifted the almost year-long hold he had placed on the confirmation as soon as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promised to send to the Senate documentation relating to allegations that "Trump administration political appointees at the State Department had sought to remove or reassign career employees who were seen as hostile to Trump’s agenda." During the nomination hearings, Bulatao said that if he were confirmed, he would not tolerate "political litmus tests" in the department.
- 40 Under 40—Brian Bulatao
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- Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, "Statement of Brian Bulatao," 18 July 2018 
- U.S.M.A. Howitzer Yearbook 1986, "Brian Joseph Bulatao," p. 436
- Wichita Business Journal, "Army buddies team to fight on Air Capital business front" December 13, 1998 
- Bloomberg,"The CIA Is Getting a Private-Sector Makeover," 19 April 2018 
- Bloomberg, "Menendez Drops Hold on Pompeo Friend for State Department Post" 2 May 2019 
- The Los Angeles Times, "In his first year, Pompeo brought ‘swagger’ but made little progress on foreign policy priorities" 26 April 2019 
- Richmond Times Dispatch, "Randall Borges Obituary," 22 Feb 2015
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