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Public Papers - 1989

Nomination of David Jameison Smith for the Rank of Ambassador While Serving as Chief Negotiator for Defense and Space


The President today announced his intention to nominate David Jameison Smith, of Virginia, to be accorded the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as Chief Negotiator for Defense and Space. He would succeed Henry F. Cooper.

Since 1987 Mr. Smith has served as assistant to Senate minority leader Robert Dole. Prior to this, he served as a professional staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 1985 - 1987; national security consultant to the national Republican senatorial committee and assistant to the campaign manager for Kolbe for Congress, 1984; and international negotiations staff officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency, 1980 - 1984. In addition, Mr. Smith has served as an intelligence officer for the Western Europe/NATO branch in the Defense Intelligence Agency, 1979.

Mr. Smith graduated from the University of Arizona (B.A., 1975), the University of London (M.S., 1976), and Harvard University (M.A., 1980). He was born November 10, 1953, in New York, NY. Mr. Smith has served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve since 1975. He is married, has one child, and resides in Annandale, VA.

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