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Opening Remarks: Advancing U.S. National Interests Through Effective Counterterrorism (Second in a Series)

Alan Lang, Chairperson, Open Forum
Washington, DC
November 5, 2001

Good afternoon, I'm pleased to welcome you to this conversation on Advancing U.S. National Interests Through Effective Counterterrorism featuring Mr. Frank J. Gaffney. 

Today's program is keeping with the Forum's mandate to explore alternative views on matters of import to U.S. diplomacy and world affairs.  In the 34 years since its inception, the Open Forum has explored viewpoints that span the political spectrum. 

The Forum's Distinguished Lecture Series recognizes opinion leaders in government, private industry, academia, the media, and the non-governmental organization (NGO) community for contributions to international affairs.  The views expressed today are neither official positions of the Department nor of those of the Secretary's Open Forum. 

Now having briefly described the Forum's mission, I would like to tell you a little bit about today's speaker.  Mr. Frank J. Gaffney is the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy here in Washington. The Center was established in 1988. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, it has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for information and analyses on matters related to security and defense policy.

Mr. Gaffney contributes actively to policy debates on these issues, in his capacity as a columnist for The Washington Times and as a monthly contributor to Defense News and Investor's Business Daily.  He is a contributing editor to National Review Online and a columnist for the American Spectator Online, WorldNetDaily.com, and JewishWorldReview.com.  He is also a featured weekly contributor to Hugh Hewitt's nationally syndicated radio program and appears frequently on national and international television and radio programs.  

His opinion-editorial articles have appeared, among other places, in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New Republic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Los Angeles Times, and Newsday.   In April 1987, Mr. Gaffney was nominated by President Reagan to serve as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, the senior position in the Defense Department with responsibility for policies involving nuclear forces, arms control, and U.S.-European defense relations.  He also represented the Secretary of Defense in key U.S.-Soviet negotiations and ministerial meetings.

From 1983 until 1987, Mr. Gaffney was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy under Assistant Secretary Richard Perle. From 1981 to 1983, he was a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, chaired by Senator John Tower. Previously, Mr. Gaffney served as an aide to the late Senator Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson.  We are delighted to have Mr. Gaffney here with us today. Please join me in welcoming him with a warm round of applause. [Applause]



Released on December 5, 2001

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