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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release February 2, 1995


I am announcing today appointments to the Congressionally- mandated Commission on the Roles and Capabilities of the United States Intelligence Community. The Commission will be chaired by the current chairman of my Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, Les Aspin. Former Senator Warren Rudman will serve as the vice chairman and I have asked General Lew Allen, Jr., Zoe Baird, Ann Caracristi, Stephen Friedman, Anthony S. Harrington, Robert J. Hermann, and Ambassador Paul Wolfowitz to serve as well.

These distinguished Americans will join the eight members appointed by the leadership of the 103rd Congress. They are Tony Coelho, David Dewhurst, Representative Norm Dicks, Senator James Exon, former Senator Wyche Fowler, Representative Porter Goss, General Robert Pursley and Senator John Warner.

Intelligence remains a critical element of our national power and influence. For over 40 years bipartisan support for the work performed by U.S. intelligence has been essential to the creation of an intelligence capability that is second to none. While the world has changed in dramatic ways, our need to retain the advantage that U.S. intelligence provides our country remains constant.

With the end of the Cold War we must renew and reinvigorate this bipartisan support. The foundation for this support must begin with a thorough assessment of the kind of intelligence community we will need to address the security challenges of the future. Our objective is to strengthen U.S. intelligence, to ensure it has the management, skills and resources needed to successfully pursue our national security interests through the next decade and beyond. It is an effort to which I attach the highest personal priority.

I am confident that Les Aspin, Warren Rudman and the other outstanding members of this Commission will work cooperatively with the leadership of the intelligence community and the Congress to ensure continued bipartisan support for this critical mission. And I know that their effort will ensure the continued trust of the American people in the outstanding and often unheralded work performed by the men and women of U.S. intelligence.

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Biographic Information


Members Appointed by the President

Honorable Les Aspin, Chairman. Mr. Aspin, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a Distinguished Professor of International Policy at Marquette University and a Counsel at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He served as Secretary of Defense from 1993 to 1994. As the US Representative from Wisconsin's 1st District, his congressional career spanned twenty two years. He was Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee from 1985 to 1993. Prior to his election to the US Congress in 1970, Mr. Aspin was a staff assistant to the chairman of President Kennedy's Council of Economic Advisors. He also serves as Chairman of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB).

Warren B. Rudman, Vice Chairman. Senator Rudman, of Washington, DC and Manchester, New Hampshire, is a partner in the Washington law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. He served as a U.S. Senator from 1980 to 1992, where he was a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence. He previously was Attorney General of the State of New Hampshire. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the PFIAB.

General Lew Allen, Jr., USAF (Ret.). General Allen, of Pasadena, California, served as Chief of Staff of the Air Force and Director of the National Security Agency. He retired in 1991 as a Vice President of the California Institute of Technology and Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He was a member of President Bush's PFIAB and is a current PFIAB member.

Zoe Baird. Ms. Baird, of Hartford, Connecticut, is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Aetna Life & Casualty company. She is a former counselor and senior staff executive of the General Electric Corporation, a former partner in the Washington, DC law firm of O'Melveny & Myers, and a former Associate Counsel to President Carter.

Ann Caracristi. Miss Caracristi, of Washington, DC, is a former Deputy Director of the National Security Agency, where she served in a variety of senior management positions over a 40 year career. She recently chaired a DCI Task Force on intelligence training and is a member of the DCI/Secretary of Defense Joint Security Commission. She is a current PFIAB member.

Stephen Friedman. Mr. Friedman, of New York City, is Senior Chairman and Limited Partner of Goldman, Sachs & Co., which he originally joined in 1966. He served as Chairman and Senior Partner from December 1992 to November 1994 when he retired from active management of the firm.

Anthony S. Harrington. Mr. Harrington, of Washington, DC, is a partner in the law firm of Hogan & Hartson. He is a former General Counsel to the Democratic National Committee, the former General Counsel to the Clinton/Gore Campaign, a founding Director of the Center for Democracy, and a former Assistant Dean of the Duke Law School. He is a current PFIAB member.

Robert J. Hermann. Dr. Hermann, of Hartford, Connecticut, is the Senior Vice President for Science and Technology of the United Technologies Corporation. He is a former Director of the Defense Department's National Reconnaissance Office and a former senior official at the National Security Agency. He is a current PFIAB member.

Paul D. Wolfowitz. Dr. Wolfowitz, of Chevy Chase, Maryland, is the dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University. He served as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from 1989 to 1993 and has held a variety of positions in government beginning in 1966.

Members Appointed By Congress

Honorable Tony Coelho. Mr. Coelho is President and CEO of Wertheim Schroder Investment Services, Incorporated, and a Managing Director of Wertheim Schroder & Co, Inc. He a former US Representative from California and a former Majority Whip of the US House of Representatives.

David H. Dewhurst. Mr. Dewhurst is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Falcon Seaboard Resources, Inc., a Houston- based, integrated energy company. He served as a Case Officer with the Central Intelligence Agency in the early 1970s, and was recently elected to the National Board of Directors of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. Mr. Dewhurst served as Chairman of the Texas Product Development Advisory Board.

Representative Norman D. Dicks. Mr. Dicks, of Washington, was first elected to the House in 1976. He has served on the Appropriations Committee since his freshman term, and currently sits on three subcommittees -- Defense, Interior and Military Construction. He currently is the ranking minority member of the Select Committee on Intelligence. Mr. Dicks also was an Administrative Assistant to Senator Warren Magnuson from 1973 to 1976.

Senator J. James Exon. Senator Exon, of Nebraska, was elected to his first term in 1978. He currently is a member of the Armed Services Committee (where he chairs the Subcommittee on Nuclear Deterrence, Arms Control & Defense Intelligence), the Committee on Commerce, Science & Technology and the Budget Committee. He is a former two-term Governor of Nebraska, and a World War Two veteran of the US Army Signal Corps.

Honorable Wyche Fowler. Mr. Fowler is a partner in the law firm of Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy. He served 16 years in the US Congress. Elected to the Senate in 1986, he was Assistant Floor Leader and was a member of the Appropriations, Budget, Energy and Agricultural Committees. During his nine years in the House, he served on the Select Committee on Intelligence and the Foreign Relations and Ways and Means Committees.

Representative Porter J. Goss. Mr. Goss, of Florida, was first elected to the House in 1988. He currently is a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Ethics Committee and the Rules Committee, where he chairs the Subcommittee on the Legislative Process. He is a former Clandestine Service Officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, where he served for ten years. Mr. Goss is a former Councilman of Sanibel, Florida, where he also was elected the city's first mayor.

Lt. Gen. Robert E. Pursley, USAF (Ret.) General Pursley is President of the Logistics Management Institute, and a former Vice Chairman of USAA, a private financial service company, and a former Executive Vice President of Insilco Corporation. In twenty five years of military service, he served as Military Assistant to Secretaries of Defense Laird, Clifford and McNamara, and was Commander of US Forces Japan and the Fifth Air Force.

Senator John Warner. Senator Warner, of Virginia, was elected to his seat in 1978. He is the second most senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Environment and Public Works Committee. He served as Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence from 1992 to 1994. He also is a former Secretary and Undersecretary of the Navy. Senator Warner sponsored the legislation creating this commission.

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