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Nomination of Francis J. West To Be an Assistant Secretary of Defense

March 20, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Francis J. West to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense (International Security Affairs).

Since 1977 Mr. West has served as consultant to the Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations. He is Dean of Advanced Research, The Naval War College. He was visiting professor of international politics at the Fletcher School, Tufts University, and made regular lecture appearances at the Georgetown Center for Strategic and International Studies. In 1974-75 he was assistant to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense. Mr. West was professor of management, The Naval War College in 1973-74. In 1971-72 he was Director, Program Planning, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Analysis. Mr. West served as an analyst with the Rand Corp. in 1968-70.

Mr. West served in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1962-67. He was graduated from Georgetown University (B.A., 1961) and Princeton University (M.A., 1967).

Mr. West is married and has four children. He resides with his family in Newport, R.I., and was born in Boston, Mass., on May 2, 1940.

Ronald Reagan, Nomination of Francis J. West To Be an Assistant Secretary of Defense Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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