COMMENDING R. JAMES WOOLSEY -- HON. LARRY COMBEST (Extension of Remarks - January 17, 1995)

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in the House of Representatives


Whereas, R. James Woolsey has served the people of the United States of America in government and as a private citizen for over twenty-five years.

Whereas, R. James Woolsey began his public service with the United States Army in 1968 where he served as an advisor to the U.S. delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and on the National Security Council Staff.

Whereas, R. James Woolsey went on the serve with distinction as a General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, as Under Secretary of the Navy, as Delegate at Large to the U.S.-Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Talks, and as Ambassador and U.S. Representative to the Negotiation on Convention Armed Forces in Europe, and as a member of several Presidential commissions.

Whereas, R. James Woolsey has served with distinction since February 5, 1993 as the Director of Central Intelligence.

Whereas, R. James Woolsey has worked diligently to lead the intelligence community to meet the demanding requirements of U.S. national security in an uncertain and unpredictable world.

Whereas, under the direction of R. James Woolsey, the intelligence community has provided excellent support to this nation in providing critical insights into the world hot spots--in Iraq, Somalia, Haiti, the former Soviet Union, and elsewhere; and followed and, when possible foiled, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorist acts, and other activities inimical to U.S. national interests.

Whereas, R. James Woolsey has continued and further promoted the consideration and redirection of intelligence roles and missions while simultaneously coping with a dramatic reduction in fiscal resources and of personnel at over twice the rate directed by the President for the government at large.

Whereas, R. James Woolsey led the Central Intelligence Agency in the critically sensitive final stages of identifying and apprehending a traitor who had, in previous years, compromised some of its most valuable capabilities.

Whereas, R. James Woolsey judiciously and carefully began a complete revamping of personnel security practices and counterintelligence roles in the intelligence community to limit the possibility of a recurrence of such traitorous activity.

Whereas, R. James Woolsey used his tenure as Director of Central Intelligence to lay the groundwork for intelligence policies designed to support national security needs for the coming century.

Whereas, R. James Woolsey brought to his duties a commitment to improve effective Congressional oversight and to demystify and explain the mission of intelligence to the people of the United States.

Now, therefore, be it resolved by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that, on the occasion of his departure as Director of Central Intelligence, the Committee expresses its deep appreciation to R. James Woolsey for his distinguished service to the people to R. James Woolsey for this distinguished service to the people of the United States and, particularly, for his leadership of the intelligence community and the Central Intelligence Agency.