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Deutch Nominated for Defense Department Number Two Spot

By Daniel C. Stevenson
Associate News Editor

President Bill Clinton nominated Institute Professor John M. Deutch '61 as deputy secretary of defense yesterday, according to a news release from the Department of Defense. Deutch has served as undersecretary for acquisition and technology since February 1993.

The deputy secretary acts in place of the secretary when the secretary is out of town or out of the country, according to Lt. Col. Mike Stepp, an Air Force spokesman.

The deputy secretary also attends important meetings with the secretary and "relieves the secretary of a lot of day-to-day things involved in running the department," Stepp said.

"This is a very important appointment and very much in keeping with MIT's long history of serving the federal government at high levels,"MITPresident Charles M. Vest said.

Deutch "has demonstrated wisdom, leadership, and effectiveness in a critical set of areas," Provost Mark S. Wrighton said, and he is "uniquely well-qualified for his new role."

"John Deutch is a sound a sophisticated adviser whose expertise on military technology and policy has served the Department of Defense well in his tenure as Undersecretary of Defense," Clinton said.

Clinton said he and Defense Secretary William J. Perry "will rely heavily on his knowledge, imagination, and judgment as we work to maintain the strongest military in the world in a time of budgetary constraints."

"I know he will excel as my right hand, managing the day-to-day activities of the Department," Perry said. Before former Defense Secretary Les Aspin PhD '66 resigned in January, Perry was the deputy secretary.

Perry complimented Deutch's "admirable leadership and judgment," when describing Deutch's work on the Department of Defense's Bottom-Up Review.

Extensive public service record

Deutch, a former provost and professor of chemistry, is widely known for his work in science and technology policy. 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.

Deutch's appointment as deputy secretary, once approved by the Senate, will continue a career in public policy that began during the Kennedy administration. Deutch has served in various advisory and consulting roles for every administration since then, except during the Nixon administration.

He was undersecretary in the Department of Energy and served on the White House Science Council, the Defense Science Board, the Army Scientific Advisory Panel, and the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, among others.

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.