|16th United States Secretary of Defense|
November 23, 1987 – January 20, 1989
|Deputy||William Howard Taft IV|
|Preceded by||Caspar Weinberger|
|Succeeded by||Dick Cheney|
|15th National Security Advisor|
December 2, 1986 – November 23, 1987
|Preceded by||John M. Poindexter|
|Succeeded by||Colin Powell|
|18th Deputy Secretary of Defense|
February 4, 1981 – December 31, 1982
|Preceded by||W. Graham Claytor, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||W. Paul Thayer|
|13th Deputy Director of the CIA|
February 5, 1978 – February 4, 1981
|Appointed by||Jimmy Carter|
|Preceded by||John Francis Blake|
|Succeeded by||Bobby Ray Inman|
|United States Ambassador to Portugal|
December 9, 1974 – February 5, 1978
|Appointed by||Gerald Ford|
|Preceded by||Stuart Nash Scott|
|Succeeded by||Richard J. Bloomfield|
|4th Director of the OEO|
January 1971 – December 1972
|Preceded by||Donald Rumsfeld|
|Succeeded by||Philip V. Sanchez|
|Born||Frank Charles Carlucci III|
October 18, 1930 (age 91)
Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Alma mater||Princeton University|
Harvard Business School
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1952-1954|
Frank Charles Carlucci III (born October 18, 1930) served as the United States Secretary of Defense from 1987 to 1989 in the administration of President Ronald Reagan. Prior to that, Carlucci served in a variety of senior-level governmental positions, including Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity in the Richard Nixon administration, Deputy Director of the CIA in the Jimmy Carter administration, and Deputy Secretary of Defense and National Security Adviser in the Reagan administration.
Early life and career[edit | edit source]
Carlucci was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the son of Roxanne (née Bacon) and Frank Charles Carlucci, Jr., an insurance broker. His father was of Italian and Swiss descent. He graduated from Wyoming Seminary in 1948 and Princeton University in 1952, where he roomed with Donald Rumsfeld, and attended Harvard Business School for an MBA in 1954-55. He was a Naval officer from 1952-54. He joined the Foreign Service, working for the State Department from 1956 until 1969. In 1961 he participated in a CIA mission to Congo.
According to James Schlesinger, following the death of Patrice Lumumba, the new Prime Minister of the Congo, Cyrille Adoula, began a meeting with President John F. Kennedy with the question "Ou est Carlucci?" (Where is Carlucci?), who first responded "Who the hell is Carlucci?'" and then sent Dean Rusk to find him.
In the year 2000, a film called Lumumba portrayed him as being involved during his service in Congo in the murder of Congolese independence leader Patrice Lumumba. Carlucci furiously denied the charges, and successfully went to court to prevent being named in the film when it was released in the United States.
Administration[edit | edit source]
During the early 1970s Donald Rumsfeld became Mr. Carlucci's protégé as Mr. Carlucci showed him the ropes. In 1969, when President Nixon persuaded Rumsfeld to leave his congressional seat to become director of the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), the agency created by R. Sargent Shriver to fight President Johnson's War on Poverty, Rumsfeld had Carlucci transferred to OEO from the State Department to head up the Community Action Program. Carlucci was Undersecretary of Health, Education and Welfare when Caspar Weinberger was secretary during the Nixon administration. Carlucci became Ambassador to Portugal, and served in this position from 1974 until 1977. He is still very fondly remembered in Portugal among the winners of the November 25 Coup d'État. Carlucci was Deputy Director of the CIA from 1978–1981, under CIA Director Stansfield Turner. Carlucci was deputy defense secretary from 1981 until 1983, national security advisor from 1986 until 1987, and defense secretary in 1987, following the resignation of Weinberger, his nomination by President Ronald Reagan and his confirmation in the Senate by a vote of 91 to 1. He was reportedly less hard-line in policies toward the Soviet Union than Weinberger. He served as Secretary of Defense until the end of the Reagan administration on January 20, 1989.
On January 5, 2006, he participated in a meeting at the White House of former Secretaries of Defense and State to discuss United States foreign policy with Bush administration officials.
Post-Administration work[edit | edit source]
Business[edit | edit source]
Carlucci served as chairman of the Carlyle Group from 1992–2003, and chairman emeritus until 2005. He also has business interests in the following companies: General Dynamics, Westinghouse, Ashland Oil, Neurogen, CB Commercial Real Estate, Nortel, BDM International, Quaker Oats, and Kaman. Carlucci is Chairman of Envion USA, and former director of Wackenhut. He is a co-founder and senior member of the Frontier Group, a private equity investment firm co-founded by David Robb (formerly with The Carlyle Group) and to which Sanford McDonnell and Norm Augustine are senior advisors. Frontier Group is the principal investor in Utopia Residences (http://www.utopiaresidences.com), which has ordered the Utopia ocean liner [see "A Cruise That Never Ends". http://www.forbes.com/2009/12/01/asia-biggest-cruise-ship-lifestyle-travel-samsung.html?feed=rss_asia. Retrieved 2009-12-21.]. Carlucci is an Advisory board member of G2 Satellite Solutions and the Chairman Emeritus of Nortel Networks.
Organizations[edit | edit source]
He is affiliated with the Project for the New American Century, or PNAC, a conservative thinktank.He formerly sat on the Board of Directors of the Middle East Policy Council. He is Chairman Emeritus of the US-Taiwan Business Council . Carlucci is a member of the Board of Trustees of the RAND Corporation and founding co-chair of the Advisory Board for RAND's Center for Middle East Public Policy. He is also a member of the Honorary Board of the Drug Policy Alliance, a group which advocates drug legalization.
Controversy[edit | edit source]
Involvement during The Congo Crisis[edit | edit source]
Patrice Lumumba, the first prime minister of independent Congo, was assassinated in January 1961 during The Congo Crisis. During that time, Carlucci was the second secretary at the US embassy in the Congo and, covertly, a CIA agent. His participation in Lumumba's assassination is implied with the release of US government documents revealing that President Dwight Eisenhower ordered the CIA to murder Lumumba. Minutes of an August 1960 National Security Council meeting confirm that Eisenhower told CIA chief Allen Dulles to "eliminate" the Congolese leader. The official note taker, Robert H. Johnson, testified to this before the Senate Intelligence Committee in 1975.
During a broadcast on HBO of the film Lumumba, directed by Raoul Peck, the name of Carlucci was bleeped and removed from the credits due to the ex-CIA official's lawsuit threat. Carlucci’s lawyers threatened Peck and distribution company Zeitgeist Films with legal action if the name of the former US official was not bleeped out of a scene that shows American Ambassador Clare Timberlake and Carlucci, along with Belgian and Congolese officials, plotting Lumumba’s assassination.
References[edit | edit source]
- Shorrock, Tim (March 14, 2002). "Company Man". The Nation. http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20020325&s=shorrock20020314. Retrieved May 3, 2009. [dead link]
- Frank Carlucci parecia "um típico mafioso italiano", João Pedro Henriques, 13 de Novembro 2008
- SecDef stories - Frank C. Carlucci, Department of Defense
- DPA 2010 Annual Report, p. 22.
- Kettle, Martin (August 10, 2000). "President 'ordered murder' of Congo leader". The Guardian. London. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2000/aug/10/martinkettle.
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|Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity
Philip V. Sanchez
Enno Henry Knoche
|Deputy Director of Central Intelligence
Bobby Ray Inman
W. Graham Claytor Jr.
|Deputy Secretary of Defense
W. Paul Thayer
|Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs
Caspar W. Weinberger
|U.S. Secretary of Defense
Served under: Ronald Reagan
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