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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
May 3, 2005

Statement on NSC Appointment

Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Stephen J. Hadley announced today, the appointment of William J. Luti as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Defense Policy and Strategy.

Most recently, Dr. Luti served as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs. Prior to joining the Defense Department, Dr. Luti served as a Special Advisor for National Security Affairs to Vice President Cheney. He previously served for 26 years as a naval officer in a wide variety of operational and policy positions including command of an aviation squadron, an amphibious assault ship and an amphibious ready group.

Dr. Luti received his bachelor's degree from The Citadel, a masters degree from the U.S. Naval War College, and a masters in law and diplomacy and PhD in international relations from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

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