Commission Member Biographies
Congressman Porter J. Goss, Co-Chairman
Porter J. Goss (R-FL) was re-appointed by the Speaker of the House to chair the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) for the 106th Congress. This is his second term as chairman of the Committee, on which he is now serving his third term as a member. Mr. Goss has represented Southwest Florida's 14th Congressional District since 1989. In addition to chairing the HPSCI, Mr. Goss also chairs the House Rules Committee Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process.
A former Central Intelligence Agency Clandestine Services Officer, Mr. Goss has translated his professional experience and long-standing interest in foreign policy into legislative initiatives to further the advancement of democracy in Haiti, Nicaragua, Panama and El Salvador. He is also a member of the North Atlantic Assembly's inter-parliamentary organization and an active proponent of efforts to curtail the flow of illegal drugs into the United States. He has actively participated in strategic deliberations regarding U.S. foreign policy towards Iraq, North Korea and Russia.
As Chairman of the HPSCI, Mr. Goss has led the effort to revitalize the nation's intelligence capabilities to better meet the challenges of the next century, particularly those involving such transnational threats as weapons proliferation, narcotics trafficking and terrorism. He has been a leading voice in the call to strengthen our human intelligence and analytical capabilities, even as we continue to invest in the best possible technology for intelligence collection.
Senator J. Robert Kerrey, Co-Chairman
Senator Bob Kerrey is a former Governor of Nebraska, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, the Senate Agriculture Committee and recently finished serving as Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI). He served on the Senate Appropriations Committee from 1989 through 1996. Mr. Kerrey first won election to the Senate in 1988 and was reelected in 1994.
Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, Mr. Kerrey attended Lincoln Public Schools and graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1966. He then earned a spot in the elite Navy SEALs and saw combat in Vietnam. He earned the Congressional Medal of Honor, America's highest military honor, and is currently the only member of Congress who has received this honor. Returning from the war and starting from scratch in 1972, Mr. Kerrey built a chain of highly successful restaurants and health clubs that now employ more than 900 people.
Upon taking office as Governor in 1982, Mr. Kerrey balanced the state's budget in each of his four years in office. He also turned the existing deficit into a seven percent surplus upon leaving office in 1987. In addition, Mr. Kerrey initiated programs for welfare reform, education, job training and environmental protection that have become models for the nation.
Senator Wayne Allard
U.S. Senator Wayne Allard is a Colorado veterinarian who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Colorado's Fourth Congressional District from 1991 to 1996 before being elected to the United States Senate in 1996. As a Colorado Congressman, Mr. Allard served on the Joint Committee on Congressional Reform.
Mr. Allard is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee where he is Chairman of the Strategic Subcommittee; the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee where he is Chairman of the Housing and Transportation Subcommittee; and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Mr. Allard was born in Fort Collins, Colorado in 1943 and raised on a ranch near Walden, Colorado. He received his doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 1968.
Congressman Anthony C. Beilenson
Anthony C. Beilenson is a former U.S. Congressman from California's 24th Congressional District; he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977 to 1997 and as Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee for Intelligence (HPSCI) from 1989 to 1991. Prior to his election to Congress, Mr. Beilenson served in the California Assembly from 1963 to 1967 and in the California State Senate from 1967 to 1977. He is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School.
Larry D. Cox
Mr. Cox is President of the SYGENEX Corporation, a new spin-off of ORINCON Industries. Since 1997, Mr. Cox was Vice President and Founder/Director of Special Programs at the ORINCON Corporation, a leading small-business supplier of advanced technology products and services to government and commercial customers.
Mr. Cox was recruited into NSA in 1972. He worked in the Directorate of Operations in the United States and overseas until 1983. From 1983 to 1991 Mr. Cox was a Chief Scientist and Program Manager in Space and Ground Systems at the General Electric Company in Valley Forge, PA.
From 1991 to 1995, Mr. Cox served as a Professional Staff member of the Subcommittee on Program and Budget Authorization of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), where he had oversight responsibility for space, advance technology, communications and remote-sensing programs.
From 1995 to 1997 Mr. Cox was Division Vice President at the Sarnoff Labs. As one of the Director's External Team, Mr. Cox performed an internal audit of NSA in 1999.
Mr. Cox is a sometimes technical advisor to the film industry.
Joan Avalyn Dempsey
Joan Dempsey was confirmed as Deputy Director of Central Intelligence for Community Management by the U.S. Senate on May 22, 1998. This position was established in the 1997 Intelligence Authorization Act. Previously, Ms. Dempsey served as Chief of Staff for Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet beginning in July 1997.
Prior to joining the DCI staff, Ms. Dempsey served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security and Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence. She served, as well, as the Director of the National Military Intelligence Production Center, Director of the Military Intelligence Staff, and Deputy Director of the General Defense Intelligence Program Staff. She entered federal employment as a Presidential Management Intern in 1983.
Congressman Norm Dicks
Norm Dicks, a native of Bremerton, Washington, was first elected to Congress in November 1976 and has been re-elected in every election since that time. Educated in Bremerton area elementary and secondary schools, Rep. Dicks graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in 1968. Later that year, he joined the staff of Senator Warren G. Magnuson where he served as Legislative Assistant and later as Administrative Assistant.
During the 1980's, Rep. Dicks was appointed to serve as an official observer to the US-Soviet arms reduction talks. In 1990, he was appointed to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI). From 1995 through 1998, he served as the ranking Democratic Member of the HPSCI, and in 1998 was named the Ranking Democrat on a special Select Committee investigating technology transfer to China. Rep. Dicks was awarded the CIA Director's Medal upon completion of his service on the HPSCI in late 1998.
Rep. Dicks currently serves on the board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy and on the Congressional Advisory Council on the Henry M. Jackson Foundation. He is a member of the Washington State Bar and District of Columbia Bar, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In Washington State, he serves as an honorary member of Rotary and Kiwanis clubs in his district, and as member of the Puget Sound Naval Bases Association.
Martin C. Faga
Martin Faga is President and Chief Executive Officer of the MITRE Corporation and a member of the MITRE Board of Trustees. He directs the company's activities, primarily the operation of three Federally Funded Research and Development Centers.
Before joining MITRE, Mr. Faga served from 1989 until 1993 as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space, where he was responsible for overall supervision of Air Force space matters with primary emphasis on policy, strategy and planning. At the same time, he served as Director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).
Keith R. Hall
Keith R. Hall was confirmed by the Senate as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Space) on March 18, 1997, and was appointed Director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) on March 28, 1997. Before joining the NRO, Mr. Hall served as Executive Director for Intelligence Community Affairs where he was the principal architect and co-chairman of the Intelligence Program Review Process. He also co-chaired the Security Policy Forum and joined the Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, in directing the study group that conceptualized the National Imagery and Mapping Agency. From 1991 to 1995, Mr. Hall served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security.
Mr. Hall held several professional staff positions with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) from 1983 to 1991, including that of Deputy Staff Director. In this capacity, he was primarily responsible for supporting Committee members in the annual budget authorization process involving the Intelligence Community. He also participated in Committee oversight of intelligence programs and the review of intelligence-related legislation.
Lieutenant General Patrick M. Hughes, U.S. Army (Retired)
Lieutenant General Hughes is President of PMH Enterprises LLC, a private consulting firm specializing in intelligence, security and international relations. He retired from the U.S. Army on October 1, 1999 after more than 35 years of active duty service. His last assignment was Director, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), a position he held for 3 years. Other positions of responsibility included Director of Intelligence (J-2), Joint Staff and DIA; Director of Intelligence (J-2), U.S. Central Command; and Commanding General, U.S. Army Intelligence Agency.
His awards and decorations include 3 awards of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, 3 awards of the Bronze Star for Valor, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, and the Parachute Badge. He is also the recipient of the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal. He is the primary author of "A Primer on the Future Threat, the Decades Ahead: 1999 - 2020." Lieutenant General Hughes is a graduate of the School of Advanced Military Studies Two-Year Fellowship Program.
Mr. Eli S. Jacobs
Mr. Eli S. Jacobs is a private investor. He has served as a member of the Defense Policy Board, the General Advisory Committee on Arms Control and Disarmament, the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel and on the National Reconnaissance Program Task Force. Mr. Jacobs chaired the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's (SSCI) Panel on Counterintelligence Policy. Mr. Jacobs is a graduate of Yale University and the Yale Law School.
Dr. William Schneider, Jr.
William Schneider, Jr. is President of International Planning Services, Inc., a Washington based international trade and finance advisory firm, and is an Adjunct Fellow of the Hudson Institute. He was formerly Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science and Technology (1982 - 1986). Dr. Schneider served as a Member of the "Rumsfeld Commission" (The Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States) established by the Congress to review intelligence information on the current and emerging ballistic missile threat to the United States. He currently serves as Chairman of the Department of State's Defense Trade Advisory Group.
Dr. Schneider is the author of several works on defense policy and has also published numerous articles and monographs on defense and foreign policy, U.S. strategic forces, theater nuclear forces, and unconventional warfare. Dr. Schneider received his Ph.D. degree from New York University in 1968. He is a member of the American Economic Association, the Econometric Society, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.