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Clinton Names Deutch to High Post at Defense

By Jeremy Hylton
Editor In Chief

Institute Professor John M. Deutch '61 has been appointed undersecretary of defense for acquisitions. President Clinton announced his intention to nominate the former provost on Monday.

Deutch, a professor of chemistry, is widely known for his work in science and technology policy. If confirmed, Deutch will head acquisition, education, training, and career development programs, a Department of Defense spokesman said.

The defense appointment would continue Deutch's public policy career, which began during the Kennedy administration. He has served in various advisory and consulting roles for every administration since then, except during the Nixon administration.

During the Carter administration, Deutch spent three years with the Department of Energy. He served first as director of the Office of Energy Research, then as assistant secretary for energy technology, and ultimately as undersecretary of the department.

Deutch was named Institute Professor in December 1990 in recognition of his accomplishments in scholarly, educational, service, and leadership pursuits. He served as provost from 1985 until October 1990, when he returned to research and teaching. Previously, Deutch was dean of the School of Science, from 1982 to 1985, and headed the Department of Chemistry in 1976 and 1977.

His research interests include non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, dielectric and magnetic relation, structure of fluids, light scattering, and polymer theory.

Deutch was a member of the Army Scientific Advisory Panel and the Defense Science Board in the late 1970s. He was reappointed to the Defense Science Board last year. He also served on President Bush's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.

Other alumni in administration

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Associate Provost Sheila E. Widnall '60, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics, is a leading candidate for Secretary of the Air Force, according to reports published in The Boston Globe.

Widnall would be the first woman to head one of the armed services. A Defense Department spokesman, however, declined to comment on future appointments.

Outside of defense, MIT-trained economists have been appointed to several top positions. Laura D'Andrea Tyson PhD '74 and Alan S. Blinder PhD '71, both members of the Council of Economic Advisers, head the list.