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Public Papers - 1989

Nomination of Paul Dundes Wolfowitz To Be an Under Secretary of Defense


The President today announced his intention to nominate Paul Dundes Wolfowitz to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. He would succeed Fred Charles Ikle.

Since 1986 Ambassador Wolfowitz has served as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia. From 1982 to 1986, Ambassador Wolfowitz was Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Prior to this he was Director of Policy Planning for the Department of State, 1981 - 1982. He was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Regional Programs, 1977 - 1980. He has also served in several capacities for the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, including Special Assistant for SALT in the Office of the Director, 1976 - 1977; deputy assistant director for the Verification and Analysis Bureau, 1976; special assistant to the Director, 1974 - 1975; and a staff member in the Evaluation and Policy Division of the Plans and Analysis Bureau, 1973 - 1974. From 1970 to 1973, he was an assistant professor of political science at Yale University.

Ambassador Wolfowitz graduated from Cornell University (A.B., 1965) and the University of Chicago (Ph.D., 1976). He was born December 22, 1943, in New York. He is married and has three children.

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