February 7, 1981

The President announced today his intention to nominate Fred C. Ikle to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.

Dr. Ikle was an adviser to the transition group on national security. Previously he served as a senior foreign policy adviser to the Reagan-Bush Committee.

Dr. Ikle was Director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and professor of political science at M.I.T. He was head of the social sciences department at the RAND Corp.

Dr. Ikle was graduated from the University of Chicago (M.A., 1948; Ph. D., 1950). Dr. Ikle is a resident of Bethesda, Md., and was born on August 21, 1924.