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William Odom

William OdomAKA William Eldridge Odom

Born: 23-Jun-1932
Birthplace: Cookeville, TN
Died: 30-May-2008
Location of death: Lincoln, VT
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Remains: Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Military, Government, Pundit

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: NSA Director 1985-88

Military service: US Army (34 years)

Speaks fluent Russian.

Wife: Anne Weld Curtis (m. 1962)
Son: Mark Odom

    University: BS, US Military Academy, West Point (1954)
    University: MA, Columbia University (1962)
    Professor: Government, US Military Academy, West Point (1966-69)
    University: PhD, Columbia University (1970)

    NSA Director (1985-88)
    US Defense Department Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, US Army (1981-85)
    US National Security Council (1977-81)
    Member of the Board of American Science & Engineering (1996-2008, as Chairman, 1998-2008)
    Council on Foreign Relations
    Hudson Institute Senior Fellow
    National Council on Economic Education Life Director

Author of books:
Trial After Triumph: East Asia After The Cold War (1992)
On Internal War: American And Soviet Approaches To Third World Clients And Insurgents (1992)
Americas Military Revolution: Strategy and Structure after the Cold War (1993)
The Collapse of the Soviet Military (1998)
Fixing Intelligence: For a More Secure America (2003)
America's Inadvertent Empire (2004, with Robert Dujarric)


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