Washington, DC (PRWEB) January 14, 2008
The American Security Project (ASP) this week announced that Kenneth M. Duberstein has joined its bipartisan Board of Directors.
The former Reagan White House Chief of Staff is the second well-known Republican to sign on to the organization in the past month. Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) joined the ASP board in December.
Mr. Duberstein joins an accomplished group of national security leaders, including Senator John Kerry (D-MA), General Anthony Zinni (USMC, Ret.) and former Bush administration official Richard Armitage, who are working together to build consensus around a new strategy to enhance American security and improve U.S.-foreign relations around the world.
"There is no more important task than improving the public dialogue on national security so that we again speak and act as one nation," said Mr. Duberstein. "The new bipartisan consensus on national security ASP is trying to forge is urgently needed and I look forward to contributing to its efforts."
Currently Chairman and CEO of the Duberstein Group, an independent strategic planning and consulting company, Mr. Duberstein is a Washington veteran with decades of experience in and out of government. Mr. Duberstein advised President Reagan on legislative affairs, rising to Deputy Chief of Staff, and then Chief of Staff. Prior to joining the administration, he was vice president and director of business-government relations of the Committee for Economic Development. During the Ford Administration, he was Deputy Under Secretary of Labor and Director of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. General Services Administration.
Mr. Duberstein is also a member of the boards of directors of several companies, including the Boeing Company and ConocoPhillips, Inc. He serves on the Board of Trustees at the Brookings Institution and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations, where he has worked toward building a stronger American political consensus on trade expansion. Along with Clinton administration Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, Mr. Duberstein served on a blue-ribbon task force that advocated an open and fair trade policy which, they argued, is critical to continued economic and technological development in the United States and abroad.
"Ken Duberstein's impressive resume and background, reputation for building relationships across the aisle, and advocacy of engagement with other countries make him a great addition to our effort to forge a bipartisan consensus on national security," said Senator Gary Hart, the former Colorado Senator and ASP's President and Chairman. "He joins a group dedicated to meaningful dialogue and committed to articulating a new vision for American security and we welcome him aboard."
The American Security Project (ASP) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy research and education initiative dedicated to fostering knowledge and understanding of a range of national security and foreign policy issues. It is organized around the belief that honest public discussion of national security requires an informed citizenry -- one that understands the dangers and opportunities of the twenty-first century and the spectrum of available responses. ASP was formed to help Americans -- from opinion leaders to the general public -- understand how national security issues relate directly to them, and to explain challenges and threats in a way that spurs constructive action. For more information, visit http://www.americansecurityproject.org
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