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                      Office of the Press Secretary
                           (Copenhagen, Denmark)
For Immediate Release                                    July 11, 1997
                         PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES 
                               JOHN J. HAMRE

President Clinton today announced his intent to nominate John J. Hamre to be Deputy Secretary of Defense.

Dr. Hamre, of Clark, South Dakota, was sworn in as Comptroller of the Department of Defense on October 26, 1993. Before his tenure at the Department of Defense, he served for ten years as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. In this capacity, Dr. Hamre was primarily responsible for the oversight and evaluation of procurement and research and development programs. From 1978 to 1984, he served in the Congressional Budget Office, rising to the position of Deputy Assistant Director for National Security and International Affairs. Dr. Hamre received his Ph.D., with distinction, from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He received his B.A. from Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, after which he studied for a year as a Rockefeller Fellow at the Harvard Divinity School.

The Deputy Secretary of Defense is the second ranking civilian official in the Department of Defense.