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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 174-96
March 29, 1996

FRANKLIN KRAMER CONFIRMED ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR INTERNATIONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS

The U.S. Senate yesterday confirmed the appointment of Franklin Kramer to be the next Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs.

Mr. Kramer has been serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Affairs since Jan. 31, 1996. President Clinton nominated him for the position of assistant secretary on Feb. 6, 1996.

Prior to assuming his European and NATO Affairs post, Mr. Kramer was a partner with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Shea and Gardner. He has also served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs from 1979 to 1981, and as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs from 1977 to 1979.

Mr. Kramer received a B.A. cum laude from Yale University in 1967 and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1971. He has served as president of the World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C. and has also served on the advisory board for the Center for National Policy, as well as the Technical Advisory Committee for the Center for Naval Analyses' Strategic Policy Analysis Group. He is currently a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and a principal of the Council for Excellence in Government.

Mr. Kramer and his wife Noel have a daughter, Katherine, and a son, Christopher.