THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JAMES BODNER AS PRINCIPAL DEPUTY UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR POLICY
The President today announced his intent to nominate James Bodner to be Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.
Mr. James Bodner, of Arlington, Virginia, is currently the Special Assistant to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense. In his current role, he advises the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on significant policy matters for the Department and works closely with staff of the National Security Council to ensure coordination with other agencies. Mr. Bodner worked in the Office of Senator Cohen from 1983 until the Senator became Secretary of Defense. From 1985 to 1997, Mr. Bodner was a Legislative Assistant and the principal advisor to Senator Cohen on foreign policy, national security, and science and technology. He was also the Senator's staff designee to the Senate Armed Services Committee. From 1983 to 1985, he was a Staff Assistant to Senator Cohen on the same issues. He was a Research Assistant in the Biophysics Research Division at the University of Michigan from 1982 to 1983.
Mr. Bodner received his B.S. in Biophysics from the University of Michigan in 1982. He was also in the pre-doctoral program of the Biophysics and Molecular Biology Departments at the University of Michigan from 1982-1983.
The Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy is the second ranking official in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, where he has a key role in the Department's political-military planning.