Cohen, William S. - from United States

ID: 244608
Organization: MSC
Country of meeting: Munich in the year 2009

Served as U.S. Secretary of Defense (1997 – 2001), U.S. Senator from Maine (1979 – 1997) and U.S. Congressman from Maine (1973 – 1979). He is currently the chairman and CEO of The Cohen Group.

As a freshman Republican Congressman, Sec. Cohen was tasked by the House Judiciary Committee to build, on national television, the evidentiary base for impeachment of President Nixon. He later cast one of the critical votes to impeach. In 1974, he traveled to Thailand in 1974 to reassure a stalwart ally following the U.S. military withdrawal from Vietnam. In the process, Secretary Cohen established relationships that have flourished there and elsewhere around the globe over the quarter century since.

In 1978, he was propelled into the Senate, defeating a highly respected incumbent. During his first weeks in the Senate, he was singled out to be chairman of two powerful subcommittees, the Armed Services Committee’s Seapower and Force Projection Subcommittee and the Governmental Affairs Committee’s Government Oversight Subcommittee. The former was responsible for tens of billions of acquisition dollars for naval vessels and long-range transport aircraft, as well as U.S. security policy in East Asia, the Middle East and the Persian Gulf. The latter was responsible for reforming the procurement process for the entire Federal Government.

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