Gordon Oehler

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Gordon Oehler, Ph.D., is a Member of the Board of Regents and a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

"Dr. Gordon Oehler retired from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on October 31, 1997 after 25 years of service. Dr. Oehler's last assignment was Director of the Non-Proliferation Center at the CIA, and is recognized as one of the nation's leading experts on technology, proliferation, weapons of mass destruction, and terrorism.

"Dr. Oehler received both a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and a Doctorate in Physics from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute. After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Oehler worked for a small firm in upper New York designing electronic instrumentation for metallurgical applications. He subsequently joined the Agency in 1972 and has served in a variety of analytical and management positions involving weapons systems analysis and foreign policy analysis, including Chief of the Agency's Office of Scientific and Weapons Research, the office responsible for the analysis and reporting of foreign weapons system capabilities. He is a 1981 graduate of the National War College.

"In April, 1989, Dr. Oehler was appointed the National Intelligence Officer for Science, Technology, and Proliferation. In this capacity, he was responsible for community affairs dealing with evolving national level S&T issues, including the worldwide proliferation of ballistic missiles and the proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. In April 1992, Dr. Oehler was appointed Director of the new Nonproliferation Center. In this capacity, Dr. Oehler has become the senior community spokesman on proliferation issues. In 1998 he joined Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as Corporate Vice-President for Corporate Development."[1]

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