The President today announced that he will nominate David E. McGiffert to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense (International Security Affairs). McGiffert is presently a partner in the law firm of Covington and Burling.
McGiffert was born in Boston, Mass., on June 27, 1926. He received a B.A. from Harvard University in 1949, attended Cambridge University in Cambridge, England, in 1949-50, and received an LL.B. degree from Harvard Law School in 1953. He was a radio technician in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946.
From 1953 to 1955 and from 1957 to 1961, McGiffert was associated with Covington and Burling. In 1956 he was a lecturer in law at the University of Wisconsin.
From 1962 to 1965, McGiffert was Assistant to the Secretary of Defense (Legislative Affairs). From 1965 to 1969, he was Under Secretary of the Army. Since 1969 he has been a partner in the firm of Covington and Burling.
McGiffert participated in the Defense and Arms Control Study Group of the Democratic Party's Foreign Affairs Task Force from 1974 to 1976. He contributed position papers to the Carter transition team.
McGiffert and his wife, Enid, have two children and reside in the District of Columbia.