Deutch to No. 2 in DoD; declines CIA
By Daniel C. Stevenson
Institute Professor John M. Deutch '61 added to the Institute's influence in the federal government when he was promoted to deputy secretary of defense by President Bill Clinton last February.
Deutch, who served as MIT provost under President Paul E. Gray '54, was also a leading candidate to become the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency, but he removed himself from consideration for the position.
Deutch is the most prominent member of an MIT-Washington contingent that includes former associate provost and current Secretary of the Air Force Sheila E. Widnall '60 and several economic and science advisers.
Following the resignation of R. James Woolsey as CIA director in December, Deutch was considered an ideal replacement. According to published reports, Deutch removed himself from consideration because he enjoyed his power and prestige in the No. 2 position at the Pentagon and because he was concerned that working at the CIA could prevent him from one day becoming president of the Institute.
Sound, sophisticated adviser
Deutch is highly regarded within government circles because he has shown himself to be an effective manager at the Pentagon and has worked well with Congress.
President Bill Clinton nominated Deutch, who was undersecretary for acquisition and technology since February 1993, to be deputy secretary in February. He replaced William Perry, who was named secretary of defense following the resignation of Les Aspin PhD '66.
"This is a very important appointment and very much in keeping with MIT's long history of serving the federal government at high levels," said MIT President Charles M. Vest.
In nominating Deutch, Clinton hailed him as "a sound and sophisticated adviser whose expertise on military technology and policy has served the Department of Defense well in his tenure" as undersecretary.
Deutch's appointment continues a career in public policy that began during the Kennedy administration. Deutch has served in various advisory and consulting positions for every administration since then, except during the Nixon administration.
At MIT, Deutch was dean of the School of Science from 1982 to 1985, and head of the Department of Chemistry from 1976 to 1977. Deutch came to MIT from Princeton University in 1970. He was named Institute Professor in 1990 on his return to MIT from the Bush administration.