ACCESSION NUMBER:322292 FILE ID:POL105 DATE:01/24/94 TITLE:CLINTON NOMINATES PERRY AS NEXT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (01/24/94) TEXT:*94012405.POL CLINTON NOMINATES PERRY AS NEXT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (Deputy secretary spearheaded Stealth technology) (490) By Alexander M. Sullivan USIA White House Correspondent Washington -- President Clinton picked William Perry, a Pentagon management expert, to be the next secretary of defense January 24. Perry, the Defense Department's deputy secretary, had served as an undersecretary of defense during the Carter administration and is credited with spearheading the drive for Stealth technology aircraft and with designing the special financing arrangements which made its secret development possible. "Years ago," Clinton pointed out, Perry "had a vision of the power of 1tealth technology," a manufacturing technique which renders aircraft difficult to spot on radar. That technology, Clinton noted, came of age in time for the Persian Gulf War "and helped save American lives." Perry began the Stealth project while undersecretary of defense for research and engineering. Perry is noted within the military-industrial complex as an innovative thinker on acquisition of defense materiel and on improving accountability for defense expenditures. He had been co-director of the Stanford University Center for International Security and Arms Control and served as a businessman and banker dealing with defense-related topics. He has been a member of the president's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and the technology review panel of the Senate's Select Committee on Intelligence. Perry, 67, is a mathematician and was a professor of engineering at Stanford. Perry said he had Clinton's commitment to press Congress for a new reform plan on weapons acquisition tailored to meet readiness requirements as the U.S. military decreases in size. Clinton, in a White House ceremony, said he will nominate Perry because of Perry's "lifetime of accomplishment and his solid leadership at the Pentagon." The president said Perry "has the right skills and management experience for the job. He has the right vision for the job." Perry had served "with real distinction" as both undersecretary and deputy secretary of defense, Clinton said. "For years, and throughout his service this past year, he has been at the cutting edge on defense issues," the president added. He said Perry had been "instrumental" in developing the new defense budget, which "protects the readiness of our forces and promotes our aggressive efforts at defense conversion, the development of dual use technologies, and the creation and preservation of American jobs." Clinton also credited Perry with "an important role" in the trilateral agreement by which Ukraine agreed to keep its commitments under the Lisbon protocol to eliminate the nuclear weapons left behind when the Soviet Union dissolved. Clinton did not elaborate on Perry's contribution to the pact, signed in Moscow January 14. Perry's nomination follows the withdrawal of retired Admiral Bobby Ray Inman, the former intelligence executive who accused the Washington news media of unfounded attacks on his reputation. Pending Perry's confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Defense Secretary Les Aspin will continue to serve in his post. NNNN .