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Release No: 346-95
June 22, 1995


Secretary of Defense William Perry presided today at an 11:15 a.m. ceremony where John White was sworn in as deputy secretary of Defense, following yesterday evening's Senate confirmation by unanimous consent. Deputy Secretary White was sworn by Director of Administration and Management David O. Cooke.

Deputy Secretary White most recently served as the chairman of the Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces, a Congressionally mandated study charged with providing an independent review of the roles and missions of the armed forces to Congress, the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also was the director of the Center for Business and Government at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. From 1988 to 1992 he was general manager of the Integration and Systems Products Division and vice president of the Eastman Kodak Company. He was CEO and chairman of the board of Interactive Systems Corp. from 1981 until it was sold to Eastman Kodak in 1988.

Deputy Secretary White served as deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget from 1978 to 1981, and assistant secretary of Defense for Manpower, Reserve Affairs and Logistics from 1977 to 1978. Prior to his government service, he was at the Rand Corporation from 1968 to 1977 where he was senior vice president for National Security

Research Programs.

Deputy Secretary White holds both an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the Maxwell Graduate School at Syracuse University, and a B.S. in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University. He has also served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps.

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