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Public Papers - 1989

Appointment of G. Philip Hughes as Executive Secretary of the National Security Council


The President today announced the appointment of G. Philip Hughes as Executive Secretary of the National Security Council.

Prior to assuming his current duties, Mr. Hughes served as the first Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement, where he was primarily responsible for directing enforcement of the provisions of the Export Administration Act. Prior to joining the Commerce Department, Mr. Hughes served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs at the Department of State from 1986, with responsibility for policy problems involving strategic trade and technology transfer. Mr. Hughes began his tenure in the Reagan administration, serving as Vice President George Bush's Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs from February 1981 to September 1985, when he joined the National Security Council staff as Director for Latin American Affairs. Mr. Hughes served previously as Assistant Director for Intelligence Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 1979 to 1981, as research fellow in defense policy studies at the Brookings Institution from 1978 to 1979, and as assistant analyst in the national security and international affairs division of the Congressional Budget Office from 1975 to 1977.

Mr. Hughes received a B.A. in political science from the University of Dayton in Ohio; a M.A. in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; and a masters of public administration degree from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is married to the former Victoria Knipper, and they reside in Falls Church, VA.

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