Sept. 10, 2018: Michael A. Hammer was confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador to Congo by the U.S. Senate on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2019. Hammer, of Maryland, is a career member of the federal government’s Senior Foreign Service, and he has worked as a diplomat since 1988. He is currently the Acting Senior Vice President of the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., a position he has held since 2017. He was previously the U.S. Ambassador to Chile from 2014 to 2016; the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the Department of State in 2012 and 2013; and a Special Assistant to the President as the Senior Director for Press and Communications and as a Spokesman for the National Security Council at the White House from 2009 to 2011. He has worked at five U.S. Missions overseas and in several senior leadership positions in Washington, D.C. Hammer received an M.S. at the National Defense University National War College, an M.A. from the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a B.S. from Georgetown University. He is fluent in Spanish, he speaks French and Portuguese, and he has a working knowledge of Icelandic.