WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Project on National Security Reform (PNSR) announced today that the Honorable Robert M. “Bob” Kimmitt has joined PNSR’s Guiding Coalition of senior national security practitioners. Following his service as Deputy Secretary of the Treasury (2005-09), Mr. Kimmitt rejoined the law firm WilmerHale, where he serves as a senior international counsel. He is also Independent Chairman of the Deloitte Center for Cross-Border Investment.
Mr. Kimmitt has had a distinguished career in government and the private sector. He was posted as Ambassador to Germany (1991-93) and served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (1989-91), General Counsel for the U.S. Treasury (1985-87), and Executive Secretary and General Counsel of the National Security Council (1983-85). Mr. Kimmitt also served in the U.S. Army, including a combat tour in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, and retired as a major general in the Army Reserve. During 1997, Mr. Kimmitt was a member of the National Defense Panel, and from 1998 to 2005 he was a member of the Director of Central Intelligence’s National Security Advisory Panel.
In the private sector, Mr. Kimmitt held senior positions in three businesses: Vice Chairman and President of Commerce One, a software company; Executive Vice President for Global Public Policy at Time Warner, Inc.; and managing director at Lehman Brothers. He had first joined WilmerHale in 1997, serving for three years as a partner focused on international matters.
Of Mr. Kimmitt’s membership on the Guiding Coalition, PNSR President and CEO James R. Locher III said, “Bob Kimmitt brings unsurpassed experience and expertise on national security matters to PNSR’s historic mission. Having worked over three decades at the highest levels of the national security system, Bob will provide powerful insights as to the needed direction and pace of reforms. His knowledge from his time at the Department of the Treasury will be especially helpful in strengthening PNSR’s efforts to ensure that financial and economic perspectives are fully integrated into national security decision-making.” Locher added, “I have the greatest respect for Bob Kimmitt’s intellect and judgment. I am delighted to have him join PNSR’s team.”
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