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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 337-96
June 06, 1996

OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR PEACEKEEPING AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE ESTABLISHED

The Secretary of Defense has announced the consolidation of the offices of peacekeeping and humanitarian and refugee affairs under the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Assistance. The consolidated office will serve under the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Requirements.

The new Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Assistance, established in accordance with the Congressionally mandated reduction in size of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, will be headed by Ms. Sarah B. Sewall. Ms. Sewall has been serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Peacekeeping and Peace Enforcement Policy. Under the consolidation, Ms. Sewall's office will have the combined responsibility for both peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance.

This consolidation enables the Secretary of Defense to support better the President's policies and direction in the Defense Department's dealing with foreign disaster relief and humanitarian relief activities, including emergencies, dealing with non-governmental organizations, excess defense property program, and the Department's program for space available transportation of humanitarian relief supplies.

The humanitarian demining function and anti-personnel landmine policy that was included in the Humanitarian and Refugees Affairs office will remain in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low- Intensity Conflict. Disaster relief and humanitarian assistance programs have been moved into the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Requirements.

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