THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release October 26,
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES TEN MEMBERS TO THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON THE USE
OF OFFSETS IN DEFENSE TRADE
President Clinton today announced his intent to appoint Secretary of
State Madeleine K. Albright, Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen,
Secretary of Labor Alexis M. Herman, Director of the Office of Management
and Budget Jacob J. Lew, Deputy Secretary of Commerce Robert L. Mallett, R.
Thomas Buffenbarger, Vance D. Coffman, Philip M. Condit, Ann R. Markusen,
and David C. Mowery as Members of the National Commission on the Use of
Offsets in Defense Trade (UODT).
Secretary Madeleine Albright was nominated by President Clinton and
sworn in as Secretary of State in 1997. Secretary Albright is the first
female Secretary of State and the highest-ranking woman in the U.S.
government. Prior to this appointment, Secretary Albright served as the
United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations and as a
member of President Clinton's Cabinet and National Security Council.
Awarded a B.A. from Wellesley College with honors in Political Science,
Secretary Albright studied at the School of Advanced International Studies
at Johns Hopkins University, received a Certificate from the Russian
Institute at Columbia University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia
University's Department of Public Law and Government.
Secretary William S. Cohen was nominated by President Clinton and
sworn in as Secretary of Defense in 1997. He previously served three terms
in the U.S. Senate for the State of Maine from 1979-1997 and three terms in
the House of Representatives from Maine's Second Congressional District
from 1973-1979. Secretary Cohen served on the Board of Directors of the
Council on Foreign Relations from 1989 to 1997 and chaired the Council's
Middle East Study Group in 1996. Secretary Cohen received his B.A. in
Latin from Bowdoin College and his LL.B. cum laude from Boston University
Secretary Alexis M. Herman was nominated by President Clinton and
sworn in as Secretary of Labor in 1997. Secretary Herman is the first
African American ever to lead the Labor Department. At the age of 29, she
joined the Carter Administration as the youngest Director of the Women's
Bureau in the history of the Labor Department. In 1993, President Clinton
appointed her Assistant to the President and Director of the White House
Public Liaison Office prior to her appointment as the Secretary of Labor.
Secretary Herman was born in Mobile, Alabama and is a graduate of Xavier
Mr. Jacob J. Lew has served as Director of the Office of Management
and Budget (OMB) since 1998. As Director, Mr. Lew is responsible for
coordinating administration efforts on management, budget, and
appropriations related matters. As a member of the Administration?s
Economic team, Mr. Lew advises the President on the development of
Administration policy. As Special Assistant to the President from February
1993 through October 1994, Mr. Lew was responsible for policy development
and the drafting of the national service initiative and health care reform
legislation. Mr. Lew was born in New York City and received his B.A. from
Harvard University and earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law
Deputy Secretary Robert L. Mallett was nominated by President Clinton
and confirmed by the United States Senate as Deputy Secretary of Commerce
in 1997. As Chief Operating Officer for the Department of Commerce, Deputy
Secretary Mallett is responsible for the daily operations of the most
diverse cabinet-level Department, consisting of nine separate agencies. He
has played a significant role in promoting American businesses in overseas
markets and in the development of both domestic and international
commercial standards. Deputy Secretary Mallett is also a member of the
Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and serves as a member of
the Council on Foreign Relations. Deputy Secretary Robert L. Mallett was
born in Houston, Texas and received his B.A. degree from Morehouse College
and earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Mr. R. Thomas Buffenbarger of Brookeville, Maryland serves as the 13th
International President of the International Association of Machinists and
Aerospace Workers (IAM). Mr. Buffenbarger began his career as a tool and
die maker at the General Electric jet engine plant in Evadale, Ohio. He
also served in a variety of union leadership positions that culminated in
his election as the youngest IAM international president in this century.
Mr. Buffenbarger now represents over 730,000 active and retired IAM members
in the United States and Canada. These members work at Boeing, United
Airlines, US Airways, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, UTC/Pratt & Whitney,
General Electric and over 4,400 other firms. Mr. Buffenbarger also serves
on the Board of Directors of Guide Dogs of America and the Executive
Council of the AFL-CIO. Mr. Buffenbarger received his B.A. from Ohio
Mr. Vance D. Coffman of Kinross, Iowa has served as Chairman of the
Board and Chief Executive Officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation since
1998. Mr. Coffman served in a series of elected corporate leadership
positions including President and Chief Operating Officer and Executive
Vice President. As President of Lockheed's Space System Division in 1988,
Mr. Coffman was responsible for the development of several major space
programs including the Hubble Space Telescope, the MILSTAR satellite
communications program, the Follow-on Early Warning System, now called the
Space Based Infrared System, and the Corporation's work on Iridium. Mr.
Coffman was elected to the Board of Directors of Bristol-Myers Squibb since
1998 and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the
Security Affairs Support Association. Mr. Coffman received a B.S. from
Iowa State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.
Mr. Philip M. Condit of Seattle, Washington has served as Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer of The Boeing Company, the world?s largest
aerospace company, since 1997. During his 35-year career with Boeing, he
has served in many areas. Mr. Condit led the team that launched the
wide-body Boeing 777 airplane and pioneered management concepts that
integrated design/build teams of customers, suppliers, and employees. Mr.
Condit serves on the board of Hewlett-Packard Company and is a member of
the Business Council and the Business Roundtable. Elected a member of the
National Academy of Engineering in 1985, Mr. Condit is also an honorary
fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and an honorary fellow of the
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Mr. Condit received
his B.S. from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. from
Princeton University, an M.A. in management from Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, and a Ph.D. in engineering from Science University of Tokyo.
Mr. Condit also received honorary doctorate degrees from Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute and from Cranfield University, College of
Aeronautics, in Bedfordshire, United Kingdom.
Ms. Ann R. Markusen of Minneapolis, Minnesota is the Professor of
Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Ms. Markusen
has served as Senior Fellow on the Council on Foreign Relations since 1995.
From 1989 to 1999, Ms. Markusen served as Director of the Project on
Regional and Industrial Economics at Rutgers University. Ms. Markusen has
written several published books, journal articles, chapters in books, and
research reports. She presently serves as the President of the North
American Regional Science Association. Ms. Markusen has been a Member of
the Board of Directors of the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.
since 1993 and chaired the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public
Policy of the American Association for the Advancement of Science from 1998
to 2000. Ms. Markusen received her B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University and
her M.A. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University.
Mr. David C. Mowery of Berkeley, California serves as the Milton W.
Terrill Professor of Business and the Director of the Ph.D. Program at the
Walter A. Haas School of Business at the University of California at
Berkeley. Mr. Mowery also serves as the Deputy Director for the Institute
for Management, Innovation, and Organization. He is a member of the
Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science. Mr. Mowery received his A.B.,
A.M., and Ph.D from Stanford University.
Established by Congress in 1999, the National Commission on the Use of
Offsets in Defense Trade (UODT) addresses all aspects of the use of offsets
in international defense trade. The UODT is responsible for reviewing and
reporting on the full range of current practices by foreign governments in
requiring offsets in purchasing agreements and the extent and nature of
offsets offered by United States and foreign defense contractors and shall
review and report on the impact of the use of offsets on defense
subcontractors and nondefense industrial sectors affected by indirect