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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 30, 1993


(Washington, DC) The President announced his intention today to nominate Edward Warner to be Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Resources, and Charles Freeman to be Assistant Secretary of Defense for Regional Security.

"Ted Warner and Charles Freeman are two of the most outstanding people working on defense issues today," said the President. "I am extremely pleased that they are joining Secretary Aspin at the Pentagon."

Warner, a 20-year Air Force veteran, has been RAND's Senior Defense Analyst since 1982. He has also headed a policy panel on the U.S. Strategic Command's Strategic Advisory Group, as an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at George Washington, Princeton, and Columbia Universities, and as a Member of two C.I.A. advisory panels. He was at USAF Headquarters from 1978- 1982 as a member, Deputy Head, and Head of the Staff Group, and as Deputy Chief of the Strategy Division. He had previously been Assistant Air Attache at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, an analyst at the C.I.A., an Instructor at the Air Force Academy, and an Intelligence Officer with the 93rd Bomb Wing. Warner holds a B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy and masters and doctoral degrees from Princeton University. He has published several books and numerous reports on defense issues, and has testified numerous times before Congress.

Charles Freeman, a Career Minister in the U.S. Foreign Service, was U.S. Ambassador from 1989-92. In that capacity, he played a key diplomatic role in the Persian Gulf war. He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the National Institute for Strategic Studies. His previous overseas experience includes tours as Deputy Chief of Mission in Thailand and China, as well as service in Taiwan and India. He was the principal interpreter during President Nixon's historic visit to China in 1972, and has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Deputy U.S. Coordinator for Refugee Affairs, and director of several large State Department offices. Freeman was educated at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Yale University, and Harvard Law School before entering the Foreign Service in 1965.