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Release No: 057-97
February 06, 1997


Secretary Cohen announced today the appointment of the National Defense Panel (NDP) that will review and make recommendations to the Secretary of Defense on the department's ongoing Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). In December 1997, the NDP also will provide an assessment of alternative force structures for the U.S. military through the year 2010.

Secretary Cohen's choice to chair the NDP is Mr. Phil Odeen, president of BDM International, a defense consulting and research firm. Other NDP members are: Richard Armitage, former assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs; Richard Hearney, former assistant commandant of the Marine Corps; David Jeremiah, former vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff; Robert M. Kimmitt, managing director of Lehman Brothers, an investment banking firm; Andrew Krepinevich, director of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments; James P. McCarthy, former deputy commander-in-chief, U.S. European Command; Janne Nolan, senior fellow, Brookings Institution Foreign Policy Studies program; and Robert R. RisCassi, former commander of U.S. forces in Korea. NDP members were selected in consultation with congressional leadership.

In announcing the appointment, Secretary Cohen said, "The Department looks forward to working with the panel and will welcome its insights and recommendations."

The NDP will submit interim recommendations on the Defense Department's work on the QDR to date in early spring and a final assessment to the Secretary of Defense as part of the report to Congress, which is required by May 15, 1997. NDP also will conduct an independent assessment of a variety of possible force structures for the armed forces through the year 2010 and beyond. The results of this analysis and Secretary Cohen's comments on the assessment are due to Congress by December 15, 1997.

The appointment of the NDP was required by the FY 1997 Defense Authorization Act. The panel will hold its first meeting within 30 days of this announcement.

Biographies of NDP members are attached.

National Defense Panel Member Biographies

Philip A. Odeen is President and CEO of BDM International, Inc. and serves on the BDM Board of Directors. He has worked within government in senior positions at the National Security Council and Defense Department and in the private sector as an advisor to the government as a member of the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel and the Defense Science Board. Mr. Odeen led a DSB task force in early 1993 that reviewed anticipated defense management savings in the DOD budget and was a leading figure in the recent Defense Science Board study that proposed major budget savings from a fundamental reengineering of the DOD infrastructure.

Richard L. Armitage is president of Armitage Associates L.C, and a former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. Also a former Ambassador to the Newly Independent States for US. Assistance, Mr. Armitage has extensive regional security experience in the former Soviet Union, East Asia and the Middle East. Since his departure from public service, Mr. Armitage has remained engaged in national security issues and is a member of the Defense Policy Board. Mr. Armitage is a graduate of the US Naval Academy.

Richard D. Hearney, General, US Marine Corps, Retired. General Hearney is the Managing Director of McDonnell Douglas- Europe. He served over 35 years in the Corps including service as the deputy J-3 in the European Command and as the Deputy Commander, I Marine Expeditionary Force, during Desert Shield- Desert Storm. General Hearney recently served as Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps and was a member of the Joint Requirements Oversight Council. He is a graduate of Stanford University, and has an M.S. from Pepperdine University.

David E. Jeremiah, Admiral, US Navy, Retired. Admiral Jeremiah is President and CEO, Technology Strategies and Alliances. He served as the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1990-1994. During his distinguished 38-year career, Admiral Jeremiah also served as Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet and as Director, Navy Program Planning for the Navy staff. Admiral Jeremiah has served recently as co-chair of a joint Defense Policy Board and Defense Science Board task force on theater missile defense. He is a graduate of University of Oregon, and holds a masters degree from George Washington University.

Robert M. Kimmitt is Managing Director of Lehman Brothers in Washington, DC, an investment banking firm.. He has served in numerous diplomatic and senior government positions in the State Department, the National Security Council staff, and the Treasury Department, and served as the US Ambassador to Germany and as the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs during the Bush Administration. A graduate of West Point, Mr. Kimmitt continues to serve as a Brigadier General in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Andrew F. Krepinevich is Director of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, an nonpartisan research organization. Dr. Krepinevich gained extensive strategic planning experience in the Office of Net Assessment at the Department of Defense and has published several articles on national security policy in journals such as The National Interest and Strategic Review. He is the author of several Center Studies, including The Bottom-Up Review: An Assessment, and holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

James P. McCarthy, General, US Air Force, Retired. General McCarthy is the Olin Professor of National Security, United States Air Force Academy. He culminated a 35-year Air Force career as Deputy Commander in Chief, U.S. European Command during Desert Shield-Desert Storm, where he directed the establishment of Operation Provide Comfort. Prior to that, he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Programs and Resources, HQ US Air Force and as Commander, Eighth Air Force. As a member of the Defense Policy Board, McCarthy led a study of US policy toward Turkey. He is a graduate of Kent State University and holds an M.S. from George Washington University.

Janne E. Nolan is a Senior Fellow in the Brookings Institution Foreign Policy Studies program. She has extensive experience in defense policy, particularly in the areas of nuclear weapons policy, weapons proliferation, and cooperative security. Dr. Nolan has worked for the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and the Senate Armed Services Committee. She has a Ph.D. from Tufts University and has published several books and articles on developments in U.S. defense policy and nuclear strategy.

Robert W. RisCassi, General, US Army, Retired. General RisCassi is Vice President of Land Systems for Lockheed-Martin Corporation. He served as US Army Commander-in-Chief, United Nations Command/Korea; Army Vice Chief of Staff; Director of the Joint Staff, Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans. General RisCassi recently served on the Commission on Roles and Missions. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and holds a masters degree from Auburn University.

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