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Public Papers - 1991

Nomination of Jonathan T. Howe To Be Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs


The President today announced the appointment of Admiral Jonathan T. Howe, USN, to be Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. Admiral Howe has served since May 1989 as the NATO commander of allied forces, southern Europe, based in Naples, Italy, and as commander of U.S. naval forces in Europe located in London, U.K.

Admiral Howe previously has served in a number of Washington positions associated with national security policy including: on the National Security Council staff as military assistant to the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, 1969 - 1974; as Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs, 1975 - 1977; as senior military assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, 1981 - 1982; as Director of the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs, Department of State, 1982 - 1984; and as Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1987 - 1989.

Admiral Howe's early years in the Navy were spent in submarines. He subsequently commanded the guided missile destroyer U.S.S. Berkeley (DDG - 15), Destroyer Squadron 31, Cruiser-Destroyer Group 3 and aircraft carrier Battle Group Foxtrot. He also served as Chief of Staff, 7th Fleet; Director of the Navy's Politico-Military and Planning Division; and as Deputy Chairman of NATO's Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium.

Admiral Howe graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1957 and earned M.A., M.A.L.D., and Ph.D. degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, 1968 - 1969. He is author of the book ``Multi-Crises: Seapower and Global Politics in the Missile Age.'' He is married to the former Harriet Edith Mangrum, and they have six children.

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