The President announced today his intention to nominate Robert C. McFarlane as Counselor, Department of State.
Since 1979 Mr. McFarlane has been a member of the professional staff of the Senate Committee on Armed Services. He was a senior research fellow at National Defense University in Washington, D.C., in 1977-78.
In 1976-77 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 1975-76. From 1973 to 1975, he was military assistant to Dr. Henry Kissinger at the White House. In 1971-72 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 international relations at the Institute 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 43 years old.