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Cohen, William Sebastian,

1940–, American politician, b. Bangor, Maine. He attended Bowdoin College (B.A., 1962) and Boston Univ. (LL.B., 1965). A Republican, he was elected to the House of Representatives from Maine, serving three terms (1973–79), and became senator from Maine, also for three terms (1979–97). Sitting on the armed services committee (1979–97) and the select committee on intelligence (1983–91, 1995–97), Cohen was an influential figure in defense and international security issues, establishing a reputation as an independent moderate. From 1997 to 2001, Cohen was secretary of defense under President Bill ClintonClinton, Bill
(William Jefferson Clinton), 1946–, 42d President of the United States (1993–2001), b. Hope, Ark. His father died before he was born, and he was originally named William Jefferson Blythe 4th, but after his mother remarried, he assumed the surname of his
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. He advocated the development of modern weaponry, the closing of obsolete bases, and active but carefully considered U.S. participation in international affairs. Cohen has written a number of books, including mysteries, poetry, and (with George MitchellMitchell, George John,
1933–, U.S. public official, b. Waterville, Maine. An attorney in private and government practice in the 1960s and 1970s, he was a protege of Senator Edmund Muskie.
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) an analysis of the Iran-contra affairIran-contra affair,
in U.S. history, secret arrangement in the 1980s to provide funds to the Nicaraguan contra rebels from profits gained by selling arms to Iran. The Iran-contra affair was the product of two separate initiatives during the administration of President Ronald
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Special guests of the evening included former Secretary of Defense William Cohen, former Secretary of Veteran Affairs, Jim Nicholson, and a representative of Governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell's office, Jason Williams.
Defense Secretary William Cohen, who is also President of Cohen Group .
Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen, a former Republican senator from Maine, also endorsed the concept of universal service in an August 24 interview on FOX & Friends First, saying that it would be intended "to put us on a war footing mentality.
Believing Iraq and other nations had produced anthrax weapons, former Secretary of Defense William Cohen in 1997 ordered the armed forces immunized.
Also playing roles were former Defense Secretary William Cohen, former CIA Director James Woolsey, former FBI Director William Sessions, former White House spokesman Joe Lockhart, former Virginia Gov.
William Cohen (above), who served in the Clinton administration, said: 'I believe that President Bush and his entire national security team is handling it very appropriately.
Topping the list of items needing to be enforced is the Pentagon's 13-point antiharassment plan, approved last year by former Defense secretary William Cohen in response to the Winchell murder and to a Pentagon survey that found that 80% of uniformed men and women had heard antigay remarks in the previous year.
De Klerk, Secretary of Defense William Cohen, Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, Brent Scowcroft, Dick Cheney, and Newt Gingrich.
Secretary of Defense William Cohen will visit Taiwan to discuss cross-strait relations and regional issues, the semiofficial Central News Agency reported Monday.
Defense Secretary William Cohen on Wednesday morning, according to the agency.