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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 9, 1995


The President today announced his intention to nominate John White of Boston, Massachusetts to be the next Deputy Secretary of Defense.

"I am pleased to nominate John White as Deputy Secretary of Defense," the President said. "He has a distinguished background in both government and the private sector. He will be a strong addition to the DOD team."

Mr. White currently serves as the chairman of the Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces, a Congressionally mandated study charged with providing an independent review of the roles and missions of the armed forces to Congress, the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also is the Director of the Center for Business and Government at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. From 1988 to 1992 he was General Manager of the Integration and Systems Products Division and Vice President of the Eastman Kodak Company. He was CEO and Chairman of the Board of Interactive Systems Corp. from 1981 until it was sold to Eastman Kodak in 1988.

Mr. White served as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget from 1978 to 1981, and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower, Reserve Affairs and Logistics from 1977 to 1978. Prior to his government service, he was at the Rand Corporation from 1968 to 1977 where he was Senior Vice President for National Security Research Programs.

Mr. White holds both an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the Maxwell Graduate School at Syracuse University, and a B.S. in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University. He has also served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps.