William J. Lynn was sworn in today as under secretary of Defense (Comptroller) by Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen in a ceremony at the Pentagon. Lynn had been nominated by President Clinton for the Comptroller position on Oct. 21, 1997 and was confirmed by the Senate on Nov. 13.
Lynn previously served as the director for Program Analysis and Evaluation in the office of the secretary of Defense, a position he had held since April 1993, and earlier as assistant to the secretary of Defense for Budget.
From 1987 until 1993, Lynn served on the staff of Senator Edward Kennedy as the legislative counsel for defense and arms control matters and his staff representative on the Senate Armed Services Committee. Prior to 1987, he was a senior fellow in the Strategic Concepts Development Center at National Defense University, where he specialized in strategic nuclear forces and arms control issues. He was also on the professional staff of the Institute of Defense Analyses. From 1982 to 1985, he served as the executive director of the Defense Organization Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
Lynn is a graduate of Dartmouth College (1976). He has a juris doctorate from Cornell Law School and a master's in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University (1982). His publications include "Toward a More Effective Defense" (1985) as well as articles in various newspapers and professional journals.
The under secretary of Defense (Comptroller) is the principal advisor to the secretary and deputy secretary of Defense for budgetary and fiscal matters. He also serves as the chief financial officer of the Department of Defense.