ACCESSION NUMBER:382900 FILE ID:PO1101 DATE:03/13/95 TITLE:CLINTON CALLS CHOICE TO HEAD CIA "INNOVATIVE" THINKER (03/13/95) TEXT:*95031301.PO1 CLINTON CALLS CHOICE TO HEAD CIA "INNOVATIVE" THINKER (Profile: Deputy Defense Secretary John Deutch) (910) By Alexander M. Sullivan USIA White House Correspondent Washington -- John Deutch, President Clinton's choice to head the intelligence community, is an aggressive technocrat who moves easily between government and the private sector. Deutch also demonstrates "the kind of innovative thinking we need to meet the new challenges" of the post-Cold War era, Clinton said in announcing the nomination March 11. If confirmed by the Senate, Deutch, who currently serves as deputy defense secretary, will take the helm of the Central Intelligence Agency -- an organization seeking to define its role in a new world far removed from Cold War realities. In the aftermath of the Aldrich Ames spy scandal, the agency is seeking to determine how employees ignored warning signs of what appears to be the worst betrayal in CIA history. It is fighting the morale-crushing effects of downsizing, trying to decide what role it will play in a multi-polar world and is being scrutinized by several oversight congressional panels charged with determining the future of the intelligence community in the United States. Clinton announced that Deutch will have Cabinet rank as CIA director and will integrate intelligence data more tightly into the formulation of national security policy. This is not business as usual for the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (DCI); only the late CIA Director William Casey occupied a similar position in government. Clinton said he attaches "the highest personal priority" to enhancing the nation's capacity to gather and analyze intelligence data, and "to make that commitment absolutely clear," the president asserted, he will name Deutch "to my Cabinet if he is confirmed" as DCI. It has been the task of the DCI -- who has nominal supervision over the intelligence arms of the U.S. military and the National Security Agency -- to collect and analyze data and present it to policy-makers in the White House, the National Security Council and the State Department. At the Pentagon, Deutch developed a close relationship with Clinton, taking a leading role in reviewing the U.S. nuclear force posture and overseeing 1odernization of weapons systems. Clinton said Deutch had "become intimately familiar with the workings of the intelligence community" by working out a "blueprint" to eliminate duplication between civilian and military intelligence operations. The president said that type of achievement "demonstrates the kind of innovative thinking we need to meet the new challenges" of the post-Cold War world. Deutch has been a chemistry professor at Princeton University, provost of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), an under secretary of energy in the Carter administration, a member of the Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board in the Bush administration, as well as under secretary and deputy secretary of defense under Clinton. He also has served with the National Science Foundation, as an overseer of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, as a trustee of Wellesley College and member of the Trilateral Commission. He is a graduate of Amherst College and earned degrees in chemical engineering and physical chemistry from M.I.T. As far as intelligence responsibilities are concerned, Deutch is a reluctant participant who once before told Clinton he preferred to remain at the Defense Department rather than accept the DCI nomination. He reportedly agreed to take the post the second time it was offered after being assured of Cabinet level input. White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry told reporters March 13 that Deutch, while he "will not play a policy-making role," will be seated at the decision-making table with "the best available facts and... analysis," which will be "critical as the administration addresses the challenges America faces in this new world." Clinton, he added, thinks Cabinet rank will "add significance to the intelligence function during foreign policy deliberations." McCurry said Clinton decided to elevate the post to Cabinet status "to help bring the intelligence-gathering function to the table as foreign policy is discussed within the White House. It is a reflection of the president's view that in the new world that we live in the information that we need to make the right decisions becomes very, very important and Dr. Deutch, as someone who will be the chief analyst of that information, will be able to contribute from that perspective to the discussions under way." The president selected Deutch after the withdrawal of the nomination of Michael Carns, a retired Air Force general chosen by Clinton after James Woolsey resigned as DCI. Stating that he did not wish to subject his family to trial in the press, Carns withdrew from consideration after it was disclosed that he had inadvertently broken U.S. immigration law by helping a relative of a former employee enter the United States. "The sad truth," Clinton said in accepting Carns' withdrawal, "is that we live in a time when even the most exemplary individuals are deterred from serving by the fear that their records will be distorted...their achievements ignored and...their families maligned during the confirmation process." McCurry noted that Deutch has been through the Senate's confirmation process twice in recent months, most recently last year when confirmed as the second-ranking person in the Defense Department "so that most of the material and background (data) is relatively current and was in the hands of the Senate fairly recently. Whatever additional information is necessary, we will gather." NNNN .