The President announced today his intention to appoint Robert C. McFarlane as his Personal Representative in the Middle East with the personal rank of Ambassador. Mr. McFarlane is the Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, a position he has held since January 1982. He will continue to serve in that position.
In January 1981, Mr. McFarlane was nominated as Counselor, Department of State, where he served until becoming Deputy Assistant to the President. In 1979-1981 he was a member of the professional staff of the Senate Committee on Armed Services. He was a senior research fellow at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., in 1977-1978. In 1976-1977 he was Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. Mr. McFarlane was Executive Assistant to the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs in 1975-1976. From 1973 to 1975, he was military assistant to Dr. Henry Kissinger at the White House. In 1971-1972 he was a White House fellow and Executive Assistant to the Counsel to the President for Legislative Affairs.
Mr. McFarlane was a U.S. Marine officer. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and studied in international relations at the Institut des Hautes Etudes in Geneva, Switzerland. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, the Nation's highest peacetime military decoration. Mr. McFarlane is married and has three children. He resides with his family in Bethesda, Md. He is 46 years old.