Richard Clarke was appointed by President Clinton as the first National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection and Counter-terrorism in May 1998 and continued in that position under George W. Bush. Until March 2003 he was a career member of the Senior Executive Service, having begun his federal service in 1973 in the Office of the Secretary of Defence as an analyst on nuclear weapons and European Security issues. In the Reagan administration, Mr Clarke was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence. In the Bush Administration, he was the Assistant Secretary of State for Politico-Military Affairs. In 1992 Mr Clarke joined the National Security Council staff.
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