NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE COUNCIL CHAIRMAN JOINS NIXON CENTER
WASHINGTON, August 5, 2002—The Nixon Center announced today that Fritz W. Ermarth has joined the Center as Director of National Security Programs. He follows Peter W. Rodman, now Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs in the Bush Administration.
Mr. Ermarth will focus initially on the future of nuclear weapons in U.S. strategy, exploring the implications of the recent Nuclear Posture Review and alternative perspectives, with a view to informing expert as well as broader public debate. He will remain a part-time Senior Analyst with the Strategies Group at Science Applications International Corporation, headed by Frank Jenkins. SAIC has generously agreed to support Mr. Ermarth's project.
Mr. Ermarth has had a long and distinguished career at the Central Intelligence Agency, including service as Chairman of the National Intelligence Council, National Intelligence Officer for the USSR and East Europe, and Director of the Strategic Evaluation Center. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Intelligence Medal and the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal. During the Reagan Administration, Mr. Ermarth was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of Soviet and European Affairs, a position in which he played a major role in successfully ending the Cold War.
"My father had great respect for Fritz Ermarth, who briefed him on several occasions before he traveled overseas as a former president," said Julie Nixon Eisenhower. "We are delighted to have him in a key position at The Nixon Center."
Nixon Center President Dimitri Simes said, "Fritz Ermarth is one of the most creative and accomplished strategic thinkers of our time. We are very much looking forward to our association with him."
Mr. Ermarth can be reached at The Nixon Center at 202 887-1000. For further information, please contact Nixon Center Director Paul J. Saunders at 202-887-1000.
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