Nomination of Robert Clifton Duncan To Be Director of Defense Research
October 2, 1987
President today announced his intention to nominate Robert Clifton Duncan to be
Director of Defense Research and Engineering, Department of Defense. He would
succeed Donald Alden Hicks.
1986 Mr. Duncan has been Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research and
Technology) at the Pentagon, Washington, DC. Prior to this, he was
vice president of engineering, 1975 - 1986, and assistant vice president, 1969
- 1975, at the Polaroid Corp. in Waltham, MA. Mr. Duncan was
assistant director, NASA Electronics Research Center, Cambridge, MA, 1967 -
1968; Chief of the Guidance and Control Division at NASA's Manned Spacecraft
Center, Houston, TX, 1964 - 1967; special assistant to the Director of Defense
Research and Engineering in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, 1961 -
1963; and Chief, Space Programs Branch, Astronautics Development Division,
Office of Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, DC, 1960 - 1961.
Duncan graduated from the United States Naval Academy (B.S., 1945), U.S.
Naval Postgraduate School (B.S., 1953), and the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology (S.M., 1954; Sc.D., 1960). Mr. Duncan
served in the United States Navy, 1945 - 1965. Mr. Duncan was born on November
in Jonesville, VA. He is married, has four
children, and resides in Washington, DC.
Nomination of Fred S.
Hoffman To Be an Assistant Secretary of Defense
October 2, 1987
President announced his intention to nominate Fred S. Hoffman to be Assistant
Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs), Department of Defense. He would succeed
Robert B. Sims.
1984 Mr. Hoffman has been Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for
Public Affairs at the Pentagon, in Washington, DC. Prior to this, he was
a reporter-editor with the Associated Press, 1949 - 1984. During Mr. Hoffman's
years with the Associated Press, he received several citations and awards,
including the Overseas Press Club Citation for reporting from Vietnam and the Veterans of
Foreign Wars Gold Medal for national security reporting.
Hoffman attended Boston University. He served in the
United States Army in 1943. Mr. Hoffman was born December
in Boston, MA. He is married, has one
child, and resides in Alexandria, VA.