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Jonathan T. Howe
ADM Jonathan Howe (official photo)
Born August 24, 1935(1935-08-24) (age 86)
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1957 - 1992
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg Admiral
Commands held USS Berkeley (DDG-15)
Destroyer Squadron 31
Cruiser-Destroyer Group 3
US Naval Forces Europe
Allied Forces Southern Europe
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal (6)
Navy Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit
Defense Superior Service Medal
National Security Medal
Other work U.N. Special Representative for Somalia
President, Arthur Vining Davis Foundation

Jonathan Trumbull Howe (born August 24, 1935) is a retired four-star United States Navy Admiral, and was the Special Representative for Somalia to United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali from March 9, 1993, succeeding Ismat Kittani from Iraq, until his resignation in February 1994.[1] Howe was also the former Deputy National Security Advisor in the first Bush Administration. He currently is Executive Director of The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.[2] Howe is a 1957 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, and earned M.A., M.A.L.D. (Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy), and Ph.D. degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University from 1968 to 1969.[3] He retired from the United States Navy in 1992.

Howe's Naval commands include the USS Berkeley (DDG-15) (1974–1975), Destroyer Squadron 31 (1977–1978), and Cruiser-Destroyer Group Three (1984–1986). His other assignments include Military Assistant to the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (1969–1974), Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs (1975–1977), Chief of Staff of the Seventh Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan (1978–1980), Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense from 1981 to 1982, Director of the State Department's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs from 1982 to 1984, Deputy Chairman, NATO Military Committee, Brussels, Belgium (1986–1987), Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1987–1989). From May 1989 he served simultaneously as Commander in Chief, Allied Forces Southern Europe and Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe. Following that assignment, he was named Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs by President George H. W. Bush in 1991, succeeding Robert M. Gates when he moved on to become CIA director.[4]

He is author of the 1971 book Multicrises: Seapower and Global Politics in the Missile Age.[5] Admiral Howe is married to Dr. Harriet Mangrum Howe, whom he met in high school; her father, Richard C. Mangrum, was a U.S. Marine Corps general and served as Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps and his father, Hamilton W. Howe, was a Navy Admiral.[6] She is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of North Florida.[7] They have six grown children, and currently reside in Florida.

Awards and decorations[]

Howe's decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with 5 oak leaf clusters, Navy Distinguished Service Medals with oak leaf cluster, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit. On January 13, 1993, after retirement, he received the National Security Medal.[8]


  1. Department of Public Information, United Nations (1997-03-21). "United Nations Operation in Somalia II -- (UNISOM II)". Retrieved 2006-11-15. 
  2. "Board of Trustees and Staff". The Arthur Vining David Foundations. Retrieved 2006-11-15. 
  3. "Nomination of Jonathan T. Howe to be Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs". George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. 1991-11-19. Retrieved 2006-11-15. [dead link]
  4. "Bush Names Security Deputy". New York Times. 1991-11-20. Retrieved 2006-11-15. 
  5. Howe, Jonathan T. (1971). Multicrises: Seapower and Global Politics in the Missile Age. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-08043-5. OCLC 159041. 
  6. Patton, Charlie (June 12, 2006). "City will meet the world through his steering". Florida Times-Union. Swarthmore College - Swarthmore in the News, June 29, 2006. p. B-1. 
  7. "Sociology Department faculty". University of North Florida. Retrieved 2006-11-15. 
  8. "Remarks on Presenting the National Security Medal to Admiral Jonathan T. Howe and an Exchange With Reporters". The American Presidency Project. Retrieved 2006-11-15. 


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Government offices
Preceded by
Richard Burt
Director of the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs
May 10, 1982 – July 1, 1984
Succeeded by
John T. Chain, Jr.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Robert Gates
Deputy National Security Advisor
1991 – 1993
Succeeded by
Sandy Berger

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