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Release No: 800-03
October 29, 2003

Dr. J.D. Crouch Returns to Academia


            The Department of Defense announced today that Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy Dr. J.D. Crouch II will depart from his current position effective Oct. 31, 2003.


            Looking back over the past two years, Crouch said, "It has been a great privilege for me to serve the president and Secretary Rumsfeld, and to have worked with so many dedicated professionals  -- civilian and military -- in the Pentagon and in this administration."


            Dr. Crouch was sworn into his current position on Aug. 6, 2001.  He is a principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense on the formulation and coordination of policy for NATO, Europe, Russia, the Central Asian Republics, the Caucuses and the Balkans, nuclear forces, missile defense, technology security policy, counter-proliferation, nonproliferation, space and arms control.


            From 1993 to 2001, Dr. Crouch was associate professor of defense and strategic studies at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo.  He will resume his academic appointment there after leaving the Pentagon.  He was also co-founder of PalmGear.com, the Internet’s leading source of Palm OS software.


            As part of his public service through Southwest Missouri State, Dr. Crouch served as a reserve deputy sheriff in Christian County, Mo., and a member of a multi-county Special Response Team.  He also served on the Board of Editors of Comparative Strategy and was a member of the Board of Advisors of the Center for Security Policy.


            From 1990 to 1992, Dr. Crouch was the principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for international security policy in the first Bush Administration.  From 1986 to 1990, he was the military legislative assistant to Senator Malcolm Wallop (R-Wyoming) and served as the senator’s staff designee on the Senate Armed Services Committee.


            From 1984 to 1986, he worked for the Assistant Director for Strategic Programs in the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and was an advisor to the U.S. Delegation on Nuclear and Space Arms Talks with the former Soviet Union.


            Dr. Crouch holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Southern California.  He has written on a wide range of defense and foreign policy issues.  He lives with his wife Kristin and their two children, Lara and Jake, in Nixa, Mo.



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