Nominations, May 10, 1982

Nomination of Richard R. Burt To Be an Assistant Secretary of State

May 10, 1982

The President today announced his intention to nominate Richard R. Burt to be Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs. He would succeed Laurence S. Eagleburger.

Since January 1981, Mr. Burt has been serving as Director of the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs at the Department of State. Previously he was the national security affairs correspondent for the New York Times, covering foreign policy and defense issues in Washington, including the State Department, the Pentagon, the National Security Council, the Central Intelligence Agency, and Capitol Hill. Mr. Burt has served as assistant director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London; was a research associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies; worked as an advanced research fellow at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I.; and was an adviser on defense and arms control to the House of Representatives Republican Wednesday Group.

Mr. Burt received a B.A. in government (honors program) from Cornell University in 1969 and an M.A. in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 1972. He passed his doctoral examinations at the same institution in 1973 ``with distinction.'' He is the author of many scholarly articles on European security and strategic affairs. He was born February 3, 1947.

Nomination of James L. Buckley To Be Counselor of the Department of State

May 10, 1982

The President today announced his intention to nominate James L. Buckley to be Counselor of the Department of State. He would succeed Robert Carl McFarlane.

Mr. Buckley has enjoyed a distinguished career in public service, as well as in the practice of law and private business. As the new Counselor of the Department of State, an Under Secretary-level position, Mr. Buckley will be a principal officer of the Department performing in a greatly expanded Counselor's role. Mr. Buckley will be charged with the performance of sensitive, high-level missions on behalf of the Secretary of State. Mr. Buckley will also deal with sensitive, functional foreign policy matters, as requested by the Secretary.

Mr. Buckley began his career in 1949 as an associate of the New Haven, Conn., law firm of Wiggin & Dana. In 1953 he left the practice of law to become an officer and director of the Catawba Corp., a privately owned firm providing a variety of services to a group of oil and gas exploration companies operating primarily outside the United States. During the next 17 years, he was actively engaged in business negotiations in a number of countries in such areas as Southeast Asia, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Australia.

In 1970 Mr. Buckley was elected United States Senator from New York and served until 1977, when he returned to private life as a business consultant and corporate director. He returned to public service in February 1981 when he was sworn-in as Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science and Technology.

Mr. Buckley married the former Ann Frances Cooley in 1953. They have five sons and one daughter. He was born in New York City on March 9, 1923.