President Bush Appoints Two to PIDB

President Bush recently announced the reappointment of Martin Faga as a member of the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) and the appointment of Dr. Jennifer E. Sims to the PIDB for the remainder three-year terms expiring 10/03/11.

The current chair, Martin Faga was appointed to the PIDB for a 4-year term by the President in October 2004. In 2005, he was appointed to the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. He was president and chief executive officer of the MITRE Corporation from 2000 to 2006 and is currently a member of its board of trustees. Before joining MITRE, Mr. Faga served from 1989 until 1993 as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space with primary emphasis on policy, strategy, and planning. At the same time, he served as Director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Mr. Faga’s career included service as a staff member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, where he headed the program and budget staff; as an engineer at the Central Intelligence Agency; and as a research and development officer in the Air Force. Mr. Faga received bachelors and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Lehigh University in 1963 and 1964.

Dr. Sims is currently Director of Intelligence Studies and a Visiting Professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. She is also a consultant on intelligence and homeland security for private corporations and the US government. Prior to this, Dr. Sims served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence Coordination (1994-1998) and Intelligence Advisor to the Under Secretary for Management and Coordinator for Intelligence Resources and Planning at the US Department of State (1998-2001). In the latter position, she helped coordinate the State Department budget and programs with other federal agencies involved in national security.

Dr. Sims has also been a Professional Staff Member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (1991-1994), and a legislative assistant to Senator John Danforth on foreign and defense policy (1990-1993). Prior to government service, Dr. Sims was the U.S. Coordinator of the multinational Nuclear History Program (1988-1990), taught as a Research Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (2001-2003), and served as a research associate with both the L’Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPI) in Milan and the Institute for Strategic Studies (ISS) in London.

In 1998, Dr. Sims received the intelligence community’s highest civilian award, the National Distinguished Service Medal.

Dr. Sims has a Ph.D. (1986) and a M.A (1979) from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies.