Committee on the Present Danger Appoints New Member

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Jeffery D. Stein appointed a member of the Committee on the Present Danger.

Jeffery Stein, CEO of Peyton Investments, announced today he has joined the Committee on the Present Danger (http://www.fightingterror.org) to fight terrorism by promoting a dramatic reduction in U.S. dependence on foreign oil and a shift toward alternative technologies.

Mr. Stein, an experienced CEO, entrepreneur, and business consultant, joins other committee members such as Senators (and honorary co-chairs) Jon Kyl and Joseph Lieberman, co-chairs James Woolsey and George Shultz, Kenneth Adelman, Steve Forbes, Newt Gingrich, and other distinguished members.

"We're delighted that Jeffery Stein has agreed to join us," said Lawrence J. Haas, the Committee's Vice President for Policy. "His extensive background in business and technology will serve us well as we focus on, among other things, the threat that U.S. energy dependence presents to our national security."

Mr. Stein brings many years of experience in start-up technology businesses to the Committee and adds knowledge of Internet to be utilized by the Committee. Currently the CEO of Peyton Investments, Inc. of San Francisco (http://www.peytoninvestments.com), he has years of experience in working with emerging companies.

Mr. Stein has spent most of his professional career as founder and CEO of two information technology companies, On-Line Business Systems, Inc. and Convene.com. Peyton Investments provides advisory services to private emerging companies in areas of fund raising, mergers and acquisitions, mentoring, interim project assistance, and board membership.

The Committee on the Present Danger is a non-partisan organization with one goal -- to stiffen American resolve to confront and defeat the ideologies of terrorism.

This goal reflects the important role that the CPD has played for more than half a century. The Committee was formed in 1950 as a bipartisan education and advocacy organization to build a national consensus behind President Truman's policy of "containment" against Soviet expansionism. The CPD then re-emerged in 1976 when its original leaders and others believed that America's will to win the Cold War was flagging and that the United States should pursue policies to bring that war to a successful conclusion.

Now, the CPD has returned to confront the new "present danger" -- militant Islamism and the terrorism that it is spawning. Militant Islamists seek to bend the world to their vision. They are eager to attack -- indeed, to kill -- anyone who stands in their way, and their preferred tactic is terrorism against innocent civilians. In the face of this global threat, which transcends state borders and recognizes no law, complacency and ignorance are as dangerous as military weakness.

CPD's leaders and members -- individuals of diverse background and political persuasion -- have come together to educate free people about the threat that militant Islamism poses to the United States and the free world; to counsel against the appeasement of terrorists and the states that sponsor them; to support policies to confront this menace; and to encourage the development of civil society and democracy in regions from which the terrorists emanate.

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