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Public Papers - 1991

Appointment of John A. Gordon as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs


The President today announced his intention to appoint Brigadier General John A. Gordon as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. He will also serve as Senior Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control.

Since 1989 General Gordon has served as Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control for the National Security Council. From 1987 to 1989, he served as Commander of the 90th Strategic Missile Wing at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming. In addition, General Gordon served in various military assignments for Air Force Strategic Missile Units, 1985 - 1987. From 1981 to 1985, he served in several positions in the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs at the Department of State, including Director for Strategic Nuclear Policy and for Defense and Arms Control Matters. General Gordon was involved in a wide range of research and development plans in his assignments with Air Force Systems Command, Strategic Air Command, the Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force, and Sandia National Laboratories.

General Gordon graduated from the University of Missouri (B.S., 1968); the United States Naval Post Graduate School (M.S., 1970); and Highlands University (M.A., 1972). He is married, has one child, and resides in Alexandria, VA.

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