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Nomination of James R. Lilley To Be an Assistant Secretary of Defense


The President today announced his intention to nominate James Roderick Lilley to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs at the Department of Defense. He would succeed Henry S. Rowen.

Ambassador Lilley has served as Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, 1989 - 1991. Prior to this he was Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, 1986 - 1989. He was Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State, 1985 - 1986; and a consultant on international security affairs at the Department of Defense, 1984 - 1985. Ambassador Lilley has also served as Political Coordinator and Senior East Asian Specialist for the National Security Council, 1981; and National Intelligence Officer for China, the senior post in the intelligence community on Chinese Affairs, 1975 - 1978. Ambassador Lilley has served in several capacities for various American Embassies in East Asia, including the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Hong Kong and the People's Republic of China. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies for 3 years.

Ambassador Lilley graduated from Yale University (B.A., 1951) and George Washington University (M.A., 1972). He was born January 15, 1928. He served in the U.S. Army, 1946 - 1947, and the U.S. Air Force, 1951 - 1954. Ambassador Lilley is married, has three children, and resides in Chevy Chase, MD.