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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release February 18, 1998

The President today announced his intent to appoint General Larry Welch as Chair and General Robert C. Rutherford and Frederick L. Frostic as Members to the Panel to Review Long-Range Air Power.

General Larry Welch (Retired), of Alexandria, Virginia, is currently President and CEO of The Institute for Defense Analyses. He has held a variety of positions as an Air Force Officer from 1954 to 1984. General Welch received his B.S. from the University of Maryland and his M.S. from George Washington University.

General Robert C. Rutherford (Retired), of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, served as commander in chief of the United States Transportation Command, and commander of the Air Force's Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, III. He is a graduate of the National and International Security Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He received his M.A. in Business Administration from Auburn University, and his B.A. degree in Business Administration from Southwest Texas State University.

Frederick L. Frostic, of Falls Church, Virginia, is currently with Booz, Allen Hamilton. He was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Requirements and Plans from June 21, 1994, until last spring. Mr. Frostic received his B.S. from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1963, where he ranked 4th in his class and won the Claire L. Chennault Award as the Outstanding Cadet in Basic Sciences. He received his MS in Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1971.

The Long Range Air Power Review Panel is an independent panel mandated by the Fiscal Year 1998 Defense Appropriations Act and charged to evaluate the adequacy of current planning for U.S. long-range air power and the requirement for continued low-rate production of the B-2 stealth bomber. The panel is scheduled to conduct additional meetings during February before it makes its final report in March. The panel is responsible for reporting to Congress and the President its conclusions and recommendations on the appropriate B-2 bomber force. Specifically, the panel is to state its recommendation on whether additional funds for the B-2 should be used for continued low-rate production of the B-2, or for upgrades to improve the aircraft's deployment ability, survivability and maintainability. The Panel will include members appointed by Congress: General Merrill McPeak, Walter Morrow, Donald Rice, Samuel Adcock, Senator James Exon and John Foster.