Mr. Hall is a career intelligence professional, with more than 21 years of service. He began his career in the executive branch, serving for 9 years in Army Intelligence, then 4 years in the Office of Management and Budget. In 1983, Senator Barry Goldwater hired Mr. Hall to the staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Since that time, he has served under three committee chairmen from both political parties.
As a member of both the Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Armed Services Committee, I have benefited from Mr. Hall's work twofold, as he has provided valuable counsel to members of the Armed Services Committee on matters where defense and intelligence intersect.
Mr. President, Keith Hall's contribution to the U.S. Senate and to this Nation in the areas of intelligence collection, analysis, covert operations, personnel policies, counterintelligence and security have been extremely significant. In large measure, his success in these many areas of intelligence is attributable to his nonpartisan, thoughtful, and professional approach to his work.
In bidding farewell to Mr. Hall, the Senate, and especially members of the Intelligence Committee, know that a friend and devoted professional will no longer be a familiar sight in our hallways. We are glad to know, however, that his considerable talents will continue to serve the entire Nation as he takes up his post at the Department of Defense. I wish him the greatest success, and continued personal happiness and professional success.